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Tinder #vulnerability allows #hackers to take over #accounts with just one #phone number

Source: National Cyber Security News

After it was reported last month that online dating app Tinder had a security flaw, which allows strangers to see users’ photos and matches, security firm, Appsecure has now uncovered a new flaw which is potentially more damaging.

Infiltrators who exploit the vulnerability will be able to get access to users’ account with the help of their login phone number. The issue has, however, been fixed after Tinder was alerted by Appsecure.

Appsecure says, the hackers could have taken advantage of two vulnerabilities to attack accounts, with one being Tinder’s own API and the other in Facebook’s Account Kit system which Tinder uses to manage the logins.

In a statement sent to The Verge, a Tinder spokesperson said, “Security is a top priority at Tinder. However, we do not discuss any specific security measures or strategies, so as not to tip off malicious hackers.”

The vulnerability exposed the access tokens of the users. If a hacker is able to obtain a user’s valid access token then he/she can easily take over a user account.

“We quickly addressed this issue and we’re grateful to the researcher who brought it to our attention,” The Verge quoted a Facebook representative as saying.

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Tinder hacked? #Scary #security #flaws discovered in #raft of popular #dating apps

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Tinder hacked? #Scary #security #flaws discovered in #raft of popular #dating apps

A bevy of mobile dating apps including the infamous Tinder, have vulnerabilities that could reveal a user’s messages and the people they have viewed in the apps.

Researchers from security firm Kaspersky Lab found that it was very easy to effectively online stalk Tinder, Bumble and Happn users due to the amount of information the apps display about their users, such as jobs and education, as well as linking to easily accessed Instagram accounts.

With this data, the researchers found that in 60% of cases, they were able to find a user’s social media profile on sites such as Facebook and LinkedIn, which reveal the person’s full or real name.

Furthermore, stalkers with a bit of technical nous and plenty of time on their hands can use location based apps like Tinder and Happn to work out a user’s exact location.

“Even though the application doesn’t show in which direction, the location can be learned by moving around the victim and recording data about the distance to them,” the researchers explained.

“This method is quite laborious, though the services themselves simplify the task: an attacker can remain in one place, while feeding fake coordinates to a service, each time receiving data about the distance to the profile owner.”

But more alarming still is that in a clutch of dating apps data flowing between them and the social media sites they connect to in order to authenticate user’s, mainly Facebook, is vulnerable to interception.

Authentication tokens from Facebook can be stolen by hackers and used to gain access to the victim’s dating app account. From there the hackers can access messages and other user-specific content and activities.

“In addition, almost all the apps store photos of other users in the smartphone’s memory. This is because apps use standard methods to open web pages: the system caches photos that can be opened. With access to the cache folder, you can find out which profiles the user has viewed,” the researchers added.

This situation isn’t helped with some of the apps found to be transmitting unencrypted sensitive data, for example Mamba transmits message data in an unencrypted format.

Kaspersky Lab has alerted the app makers, who should move to fix the vulnerabilities, but in the meantime the researchers suggest users of dating apps don’t put their job or place of work on their profiles and avoid unsecured public Wi-Fi networks.

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15 Online Dating Applications Other Than Tinder To Get You Dating In No Time!

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What Happens When Your Tinder Profile Gets Turned Into Art

It’s Friday night, and you’ve got a hot date with your Tinder app. You can swipe to your heart’s content, assessing each profile for a few seconds before making a snap judgment and moving on to the next one. For some, this is an easy way to meet a future mate–or your next hookup. For others, it’s ushering in the dating apocalypse. And for artists, it’s become a profound subject matter, a way to explore themes of privacy, social media performance, and identity in a visual way. Read More….

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Tinder really, really wants you to think you’re swiping around for lasting love

When you hear the word Tinder, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you said “hooking up” you’re certainly not alone, but of course there are plenty of people who’ve swiped their way to a soulmate and lived happily ever after, too. So which is it? And why does it even matter? Well, new data out Wednesday from Tinder shows that kind of true love story may indeed be what the app’s users are really after. Read More….

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Wife Catches Husband Cheating Over Tinder, So She Gets Her Revenge By Changing His Profile

This wife took a look at her beloved husband’s phone one day, only to find a Tinder logo in his notifications. She then realized that he had been using the dating app to cheat… So, naturally, the angry wife decided to make some changes on his profile and let the single ladies of the world know just who he really is! The husband has been identified as Mike, 29 years old, and boy did he get a surprise. Read More….

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THERE’S APPARENTLY A “TINDER FOR TEENS” — AND IT HAS PARENTS LIKE ME WORRIED

Being in my forties, I missed the whole Internet dating scene that’s apparently all the rage today. Back in my day, you met people you wanted to date only in the flesh and usually through friends of friends. Everyone had a connection of some sort, unless you just happened to meet a cute stranger on the train or in a bar. Yet nowadays, the majority of my female friends have met their partners online, or at least attempted to do the whole Internet dating thing. Read More….

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Swiping for love in a hopeless place? Just 4% of millennial Tinder users want a relationship

We bring bad news for anyone using the Tinder dating app to actually look for a new relationship – and even those after a no-strings hookup are going to be disappointed, as the majority of users are swiping right to boost their own self-confidence, or procrastinate. In fact, of almost 10,000 millennial college students asked, just 4% – fewer than one in 20 people – said they use Tinder to look for a relationship. And while 22% are after a hookup, almost 45% are procrastinating with no intent to meet anyone they talk to, and 29% are there for mysterious ‘other reasons’, a new survey has found. Read More….

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Tinder scammers pose as flight attendants to trick victims into sending cash

Tinder is a pretty good way to find new people to meet, and eventually find a new partner to be with in life (if these things actually happen to work for you). It’s a different story, however, if you come to Tinder hoping for romance, but end up being catfished for money along the way. This has been the fate of a number of Tinder hopefuls in Thailand, with scammers posing as pretty women and draining them of “millions of baht,” in a rather sneaky deceit. Read More…. View full post on Dating Scams 101

Match Group’s Tinder Well Positioned In The Online Dating Market; Citi Initiates At Buy

Mark Kelley of Citi initiated coverage of Match Group Inc with a Buy rating and $22 price target as the company given the success of the Tinder platform and new product launches. Online Dating Category Kelley believes Match Group is positioned to take advantage of the rapidly growing and fragmented online dating category, which could be worth as much as $33 billion by 2019. The positive market dynamics bodes well for Tinder, especially as the company will increase its marketing initiatives to grow in markets outside of the United States and Europe. Read More….

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