Huge online database that uncovers more than 42 MILLION dates for data customers, including IP addresses, location data and user names
- A security researcher discovered the database online and said it was not secure
- The leaked data includes usernames, IP addresses, geolocation data and ages
- Data appeared to come from dating apps such as Cougardating, Mingler and others
A Chinese database has uncovered 42.5 million user records extracted from a series of popular dating apps.
The database has been discovered by security investigator Jeremiah Fowler, who said it was not password protected and that most of the data turned out to come from American users.
The data exposed, including user IP addresses, geolocation data, age and usernames, were alarming.
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A Chinese database has uncovered 42.5 million user records extracted from a series of popular dating apps. The data includes IP addresses, geolocation data, ages and usernames
WHAT DATA WAS INCLUDED?
The database contains 42.5 million user records from a range of dating apps.
Among the affected apps were Cougardating, Christiansfinder, Mingler, Fwbs (friends with benefits) and TS Dating.
Info in the database contained:
- Account names
- Geolocation data
- Age of users
- IP addresses
Among the dating apps the information was drawn from include Cougardating, Christiansfinder, Mingler, Fwbs (friends with benefits) and TS Dating.
Fowler used the age, location, and account names of users to identify them in other apps and services and verify that they are genuine.
& # 39; Finding some of the real identity of the users was easy and it took only a few seconds to validate them & # 39 ;, Fowler wrote in a blog post explaining his findings.
& # 39; Almost every unique username that I checked appeared on multiple dating sites, forums, and other public places.
& # 39; The IP and geolocation stored in the database confirmed the location that the user had placed in his other profiles with the same username or login ID, & # 39; he added.
Fowler tried to contact the owner of the database to have it deleted, but his e-mails and calls remained unanswered.
As a result, the database is still online and unprotected, but Fowler chose to disclose its findings in an effort to generate user awareness, especially for those who may have been dragged into the leak.
It is not clear who owns the unsecured database. Fowler checked the domain registration of the site and discovered that a subway line in Lanzhou, China, was listed as the owner's address
It is not clear who the owner of the database is. Fowler checked the domain registration of the site and discovered that a subway line in Lanzhou, China, was listed as the owner's address.
When he called a number linked to that address, a message said the phone was off.
Fowler said he also tried to contact the developers behind the apps, but in many cases the only way to find contact information was to download the app, which seemed risky.
& # 39; I am not saying or suggesting that these applications or the developers behind them have any malicious intentions or functions, but any developer who goes so far as to hide his identity or contact information evokes my suspicions, & Fowler said.
& # 39; Call me old-fashioned, but I remain skeptical about apps registered via a subway station in China or somewhere else. & # 39;
Although some personal information such as usernames and locations were shared, Fowler noted that fortunately no personally identifiable information was shared, including real names, physical addresses or social security numbers.
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