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Privacy Tip #243 – Misconfigured Cloud Exposes Millions of Records of Eleven Dating Sites

Dating sites continue to be the source of compromise of sensitive personal information. Another example of this was discovered recently by security researchers at WizCase, who found that information on millions of users of up to 11 different dating service sites was accessible due to misconfigured cloud storage. 

The databases that were discovered included users’ names, billing addresses, email addresses, telephone numbers, private messages, and in some cases, partner preferences. One compromised site included clear text passwords. 

According to the researchers, the exposed data could put users at risk of phishing scams, account hijacking and blackmail.

Dating sites appear to be frequently compromised, so if you use a dating site, consider limiting the personal information you share on the site, and change your password often.

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Linn F. Freedman, Robinson Cole Law Firm, Cybersecurity and Litigation Law Attorney, Providence
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Linn Freedman practices in data privacy and security law, cybersecurity, and complex litigation. She provides guidance on data privacy and cybersecurity compliance to a full range of public and private clients across all industries, such as construction, education, health care, insurance, manufacturing, real estate, utilities and critical infrastructure, marine, and charitable organizations. Linn is a member of the firm's Business Litigation Group and chairs its Data Privacy + Cybersecurity Team. She is also a member of the Financial Services Cyber-Compliance Team (CyFi ...

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