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Hackers attack dating portals more and more often

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUCyber criminals continue attacking companies that compile and store their clients’ personal data. Personal data of 1.1 million clients of BeautifulPeople.com dating portal have recently appeared on the black market. Anti-virus companies also admit that hackers target Internet users’ personal data more and more often.

BeautifulPeople.com, which can only be accessed only after receiving a confirmation from other members of the portal that the applicant is attractive enough to become a member, has existed since 2002. This is the first time this portal has experienced problems of this magnitude. An attack on the portal’s server was noted in December 2015. At the time, however, representatives of BeautifulPeople.com claimed it was only a test server, and that personal data of the portal’s users was safe.

Unfortunately, it was discovered that personal data of the portal’s clients had been leaked and had been sold on the black market. The leaked data includes user names, addresses, users’ mentioned income, sexual orientation, phone number, e-mail addresses and private correspondence.

«Cyber criminals now target Internet users’ personal data more often. By using this information, including details about intimate life, criminals can blackmail victims,» – admits eScan anti-virus software distributor Baltimax regional manager Sergei Romanovskis.

Official representatives of BeautifulPeople.com claim the hacker attack had only affected users who had applied for membership before mid-June 2015. In addition, the leaked data does not contain credit card information. All access passwords are encrypted.

BeautifulPeople.com is not the only target for hackers. Ashley Madison dating portal came under attack not too long ago (hackers acquired personal information from 37 million users), as did Mate1 (hackers acquired personal information of 27 million users).

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