Problems associated with online dating
One scheme involved building up an online relationship with a victim before convincing the person to buy an expensive flower basket as a sign of commitment -- the fraudster then got a cut from the florist.
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The hack, first reported on by British outlet Channel 4 News last week, reportedly resulted in the information of nearly 4 million members of Adult Friend Finder leaking onto an online forum frequented by hackers.
In addition to sexual orientation, the data allegedly revealed included e-mail addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes, the unique Internet addresses associated with users' computers and whether members were looking for extramarital affairs.
Using the Internet for love, or at least sex, is a becoming a staple of modern life.
And you can meet people without fear of commitment.Unfortunately, consumers don't have a lot of options for evaluating the security of dating services, according to Jonathan Mayer, a computer scientist and lawyer affiliated with Stanford's Center for Internet and Society.And the explosion of services in the market means that start-ups may not be putting users' privacy first.That's the kind of information that might wreak some real havoc on a person's personal or professional life if publicly exposed.Still, users are handing it over, en masse, to a company that performs social experiments on them and shares their data with companies in the advertising industry.
The company that now runs both Penthouse and Adult Friend Finder, renamed Friend Finder Networks, did not immediately respond to a Washington Post inquiry about the alleged privacy breach.