50 million OKCupid users at risk due to security flaws

Check Point researchers find vulnerabilities in Ok Cupid dating app

Check Point researchers find vulnerabilities in Ok Cupid dating app

This also means that online dating platforms became another rich field for cybercriminals, so it is quite concerning when security researchers reported significant vulnerabilities found on the OkCupid app that caters to more than 50 million users.

The issues, as the experts explained, were detected in the apps and website of the service and opened a way for attackers to steal the private data of its users. It is always advised to use strong passwords and to not give away too much personal information on a dating app. "The problem lies in several vulnerabilities in the official 'OkCupid" app, which isn't following the best practices for securing people's private data.

The researchers said that at the time of their testing, they saw that the server responded with all the information regarding the victim's profile, including email, and family status.

To carry out the attack, a threat actor would execute malicious code into OkCupid web and mobile pages by generating a single, malicious link to send users.

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According to Engadget, OKCupid claims they have already fixed the flaws within 48 hours after being advised about the flaws. It also officially confirmed that none of its users were impacted by the flaws disclosed.

Coming to the technical details, according to Check Point's blog post, these flaws were found by reverse-engineering the Android application of the company and then moving on to various other parts involved in the equation. But as CheckPoint points out, this is a reminder that, while dating apps contain sensitive and personal information, they may not be as safe as we'd like.

OKCupid has also fought spam messages, and its peer apps have battled everything from catfishing to creeps. Bumble asks users to verify their identities with selfies.

However, in January, a study by Norwegian Consumer Council accused OKCupid, along with Grindr and Tinder, of sharing sensitive data. Research states that OkCupid allows users on the app to make connections based on their personal profiles. OKCupid specifically was accused of sending data on drug use, ethnicity and political views to the analytics firm Braze. OkCupid said that no users had been impacted by the potential vulnerability, which was fixed within 48 hours of notification. "We're grateful to partners like Check Point who with OkCupid, put the safety and privacy of our users first".

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