An unsecured Elastic database seemingly owned by an entity in China has exposed 42.5 million records of dating app users, most of them American.
“The strange thing about this discovery was that there were multiple dating applications all storing data inside this database,” security researcher Jeremiah Fowler, who discovered the database, wrote in a blog post. “Upon further investigation I was able to identify dating apps available online with the same names as those in the database.”
Fowler said he was struck by the oddity “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.”
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