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Data of 42 Million Users Without Password On Dating Apps Breached

Chinese database leaks 42.5mn records from dating apps

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As many as 42.5 million records of users of different dating apps were found in a single Chinese database that doesn't have a password protection, a security researcher has said.

Jeremiah Fowler on 25 May discovered a non password protected Elastic database that was clearly associated with dating apps based on the names of the folders.

"The IP address is located on a US server and a majority of the users appear to be Americans based on their user IP and geo-locations. I also noticed Chinese text inside the database," Fowler wrote in Security Discovery on Tuesday.

The security researcher believed the database's owner was also Chinese.

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"Upon further investigation I was able to identify dating apps available online with the same names as those in the database. What really struck me as odd was that despite all of them using the same database, they claim to be developed by separate companies or individuals that do not seem to match up with each other," Fowler added.

The database, however, did not include financial information.

According to the CyberScoop, Fowler wasn't implicating the developers behind the apps of doing anything nefarious, the fact that they'd gone to such lengths to conceal their identities was inherently suspicious.

(This story was auto-published from a syndicated feed. No part of the story has been edited by The Quint.)

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