Researchers Hack Tinder, Ok Cupid, Other Dating Apps to Reveal Your Location and Messages
Security researchers have uncovered numerous exploits in popular dating apps like Tinder, Bumble, and OK Cupid. Using exploits ranging from simple to complex, researchers at the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab say they could access users’ location data, their real names and login info, their message history, and even see which profiles they’ve viewed. As the researchers note, this makes users vulnerable to blackmail and stalking.
- Tinder for Android and iOS
- Bumble for Android and iOS
- OK Cupid for Android and iOS
- Badoo for Android and iOS
- Mamba for Android and iOS
- Zoosk for Android and iOS
- Happn for Android and iOS
- WeChat for Android and iOS
- Paktor for Android and iOS
Perhaps many of those dating apps are not interested at all in security.
Moreover, they could be involved with a mafia of white hat hackers in the spyware business.
Badoo is in big war with Tinder (Match Group). When Match Group (fka IAC Personals) bought OKCupid (6+ years ago) for an astronomical amount of money, the OKCupid team had the task to copycat Badoo, but they failed in that mission.
IAC / Match Group “acquired” HatchLabs to “develop” Tinder copycat of Badoo.
Then Badoo backed Bumble to fight back and destroy Tinder (last December 2014).
Dangerous Liaisons: is everyone doing it online? (part 1)
Kaspersky August 2017 research: Dangerous Liaisons: is everyone doing it online?
Security article: Can Online Dating Apps be Used to Target Your Company?