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.Read more: Online dating’s age wars: Inside Tinder and e Harmony’s fight for our love lives Forget Tinder. "That means a compromise of those services won't just give information about things you deliberately shared with the dating site, but could expose otherwise private information associated with your primary social media accounts." Online daters also face another risk: being scammed by other users.
However, a note a posted to the company's Web site said it is investigating the incident -- and has involved the FBI and cybersecurity company Fire Eye.
Yet the specter raised by Adult Friend Finder's apparent hack is a different kind of threat than a company trying to use data to figure out how best to match people or leaking the info to other companies: It risks wholesale exposure of information in an era when it is basically impossible to put the data genie back in the bottle.
What users should really take away from the incident is that the privacy of the information they share with these sites is only as good as their security practices.
Some you’ve heard of, others you haven’t, and one of them will even offer you the opportunity to date a Victoria’s Secret model.
(Hey, to echo Lloyd Christmas, there’s referred to it as the “Soho House of dating apps”—but if you can manage to get an invite, we say go for it.