The login details and passwords of 1.5 million people who have signed up for multiple dating websites and mobile application of a New Zealand-based online dating network have been exposed due to a misconfigured database.The Mac Keeper Security Research Center discovered an unsecured Mongo DB instance owned by C&Z Tech Limited, a New Zealand-based company, which operates several dating websites such as haveafling.mobi, nz, nz, haveanaffair.mobi, hookupdating.mobi, but also a few mobile applications.
Ricky Durham founded Prescription 4 Love in 2006, inspired by his late brother Keith, who lived with Crohns disease for 15 years before passing away in 2004. Though he doesnt find it appropriate to be a member of a community he founded, he says he can empathize with his members.
“He was a good-looking boy, and he could find dates, but when do you tell someone you have a colostomy bag? “Its nice to find someone whos going through what youre going through,” he says.
The dating site operator responded with an email in which it claimed the database contained only test data.
However, the Mac Keeper team does not believe to be true, as 1.5 million users’ information is a lot of data for a test database.
The exposed database included login details of over 1.5 million users with their complete credentials in plaintext form – username and password combinations as well as personal information.
It also included several bits of their personal information, including their weight, data of birth, race, height, gender, IP address, country of origin, and other pieces of information that might help users find partners one night stands or finding partners for extramarital affairs.
Love for less Niche sites are also a lot less expensive.
Prescription 4 Love, which started charging in May 2009, is .95 per month, while most of the features on No Longer Lonely (including the dating service and chat rooms) are still free.
All of these can make datingoften an ego-shattering minefield for those in perfect healtheven trickier."On bigger dating sites the competition is tremendous," says Jim Houran, Ph D, a clinical psychologist and columnist for Online Dating Magazine.