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While both the Ok Cupid and Tinder security problems have since been fixed, they still stand as a warning to consumers to be wary of all apps, and particularly dating apps, that store a lot of personal information.
“The Ok Cupid researchers took advantage of a series of small flaws to wrench open quite a back door,” says Bobby Richter, who leads CR’s privacy and security testing team.
“At least the company responded relatively quickly with a fix.” The Ok Cupid app works together with an outside web browser, such as Chrome or Firefox, to download and display messages from other users.
Valentine’s Day may have you looking for love, but you might want to think twice before firing up your favorite dating app.
Researchers at the Israeli cybersecurity firm Checkmarx recently found security flaws in the Android version of Ok Cupid that, among other things, could have let cybercriminals send users missives disguised as in-app messages. Before that, however, users could have been tricked into losing control of their accounts or had information stolen and then used for identity theft or credit card scams, according to the researchers.