Dating site database for sale
“They published it openly to the world with no protection whatsoever,” he said.Beautiful People originally claimed the content was from a test server but Mr Vickery said the data itself was still genuine.
Each of these profile questions could either contain a single value from a radio button (example: are you male or female), multiple values from a list of checkboxes (example: check your hobbies and interests) or text (ex: tell in a short paragraph what you are looking for).
After sending out virused emails, they can trawl through the data for potential blackmail targets.
So far there have been confirmed reports of users receiving spam with malware or trojans.
claimed the data belonged to members who joined before July 2015 and that no passwords or financial information was included.
Security researcher Chris Vickery, who originally discovered it, told the BBC the firm acted quickly after he notified them – but by then, data had already been sold on.
“Whether or not it’s in the test database makes no difference if it’s real data,” he added.