Users From Two Dating Sites Get Exposed in Latest Breach
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- By Steven
- May 02, 2023
A few very personal and private specialized dating sites were recently hit by data attacks that have led to users being exposed and potentially released onto the internet. Sites CityJerks and TruckerSuckers both experienced data breaches from the same individual who is attempting to sell the stolen data. The information taken from these accounts is highly private and personal, and anyone involved in this breach is likely to be unhappy about having their data exposed.
How Did the Attack Occur?
We don't know exactly how the attacker was able to gain entry into these two data sites to steal private data. A simple alert details the. scope of the stolen data as well as how many people were involved in this breach. While we can't determine how the attacker was able to gain entry into these two dating websites' file servers, we can assume that malware and phishing were part of the attack in some way.
What Information Was Viewed or Stolen?
A substantial amount of data was taken from the two dating sites hit by the attack. Among all the stolen data, there were direct messages sent by individuals, email addresses, profile pictures, city and state, birth date, sexual orientation, passwords, IP addresses, and biographies. All of this data was stolen and could be released online as well. Anyone that wants their data to remain private could be exposed by this data breach, and it's possible the data will be released online for anyone to see.
How Did CityJerks and TruckerSuckers Admit to the Breach?
Although the administrator of these two dating sites has declined a request to comment about the breach, data of the attacks is still being released in other ways. Troy Hunt, the founder of Have I Been Pwned, a data breach website, was notified with details about this data breach in March 2023. Hunt talked with TechCrunch about the specifics of the data breach and informed the company of the different types of information stolen as well as how many people were involved overall. The breach is a typical forum breach, according to Hunt; the data is just incredibly personal.
What Will Become of the Stolen Information?
The attacker behind breaching the two data sites is attempting to sell the stolen data to anyone who will buy it. According to the hacker, data from 8,000 users was taken from TruckerSucker, and information from 77,000 users was taken from CityJerks. Tens of thousands of people could be exposed by this attack, and it's a serious privacy concern.
What Should Affected Parties Do in the Aftermath of the Breach?
There is little that impacted parties can do if they were exposed in these data breaches. The information taken likely wasn't financial and won't be used for identity theft purposes. It's much more personal data than that. It's a good idea to protect yourself against future phishing attacks and to avoid giving your data away via email, but the only thing you can do about this attack is to avoid putting yourself in a situation where you could suffer another data loss in the future. Be careful about what websites you entrust with your private data when establishing accounts in the future.