Bleeping Computer: LGBTQ+ community warned of extortionists abusing dating apps

Bleeping Computer: LGBTQ+ community warned of extortionists abusing dating apps. “According to the FTC, the criminals pose as potential romantic partners on LGBTQ+ dating apps, sending explicit photos to their targets and asking them to reciprocate. If they fall for it, the victims get blackmailed into paying a ransom, usually in untraceable gift cards, under the threat of having sexual imagery they shared with the scammers leaked to their family, friends, or employers.”

The Atlantic: The Teens Slipping Through the Cracks on Dating Apps

The Atlantic: The Teens Slipping Through the Cracks on Dating Apps. “When dating apps started becoming popular in the early 2010s, many people feared that seeking romance on the internet might be dangerous. Since then, online dating has become a normal part of how adults find new relationships. Still, one uncomfortable aspect of these apps remains mostly unaddressed: the ease with which underage users can create profiles and risk being preyed on by adults.”

Engadget: Grindr location data was reportedly for sale for at least three years (updated)

Engadget: Grindr location data was reportedly for sale for at least three years (updated). “Grindr’s past willingness to share sensitive data may have been more problematic than previously thought. The Wall Street Journal understands precise Grindr user location data was collected from the online ad network MoPub (once owned by Twitter) and put on sale through its partner company UberMedia (now UM) since ‘at least’ 2017.”

Arizona State University: Online dating is booming, changing in pandemic era

Arizona State University: Online dating is booming, changing in pandemic era. “Online dating is the number one way to meet a romantic partner in the U.S., says Liesel Sharabi, assistant professor in the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and director of the Relationships and Technology Lab at Arizona State University. Sharabi, whose research focuses on the connection between communication technologies and interpersonal relationships, says the growth of dating applications over the past decade continues to attract more people to the digital ecosystem and break taboos that once kept hesitant users away from the platform.”

Mashable: What will dating be like in 2022?

Mashable: What will dating be like in 2022?. “Given the ride the last couple years have been, what will 2022 bring us in terms of finding love? Dating experts have a few predictions, including a continued use of virtual dating, a push towards serious relationships for some and non-monogamy for others, and an emphasis on mental health and vulnerability.”

Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims (ProPublica)

ProPublica: Addressing Rape in Four Minutes or Less: Dating App Reps Left Unprepared to Respond to Assault Victims. “The multibillion-dollar online dating industry has no meaningful standards for responding to reports of offline harm and removing those responsible from its platforms, Columbia Journalism Investigations and ProPublica found. Despite pledges to shield users from sexual predators, the companies have done little to abide by them. Most companies have loosely defined procedures that force employees to rely on their own judgment. Dating app users who report an attack, like [Natalie] Dong, often have to badger companies to take action.”

InfoSecurity: Global Dating App Users Exposed in Multiple Security Snafus

InfoSecurity: Global Dating App Users Exposed in Multiple Security Snafus. “Security researchers have discovered five dating apps in the US and East Asia which are leaking millions of customer records thanks to misconfigured cloud databases. A team from WizCase led by Avishai Efrat explained that the Elasticsearch servers, MongoDB databases and AWS buckets they found were left publicly accessible with no password.”

Silicon Angle: Niche dating app user data found exposed on misconfigured cloud instance

Silicon Angle: Niche dating app user data found exposed on misconfigured cloud instance. “The records of hundreds of thousands of users of a range of niche data apps have been exposed online in the latest case of a misconfigured cloud instance. Discovered by security researchers Noam Rotem and Ran Locar at vpnMentor… the 845 gigabytes of data containing 2.5 million records related to dating apps, including 3somes, Cougary, Gay Daddy Bear, Xpal, BBW Dating, Casualx, SugarD and Herpes Dating.”

Online romance scams: A modern form of fraud (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: Online romance scams: A modern form of fraud. “Over the last 20 years, the rapid development of digital communication technology has given rise to new forms of social interaction on social media. Digital communication technologies can overcome physical, social and psychological barriers in building romantic relationships. Around 1400, dating sites/chats have been created over the last decade in North America alone. Solely in the UK, 23% of Internet users have met someone online with whom they had a romantic relationship for a certain period and that even 6% of married couples met through the web.”

Now This: I Dated On “Love Is Quarantine.” I Didn’t Find Love. I Found Something Else.

Now This: I Dated On “Love Is Quarantine.” I Didn’t Find Love. I Found Something Else.. “It’s not that I missed online dating: the painfully unfunny first messages, lukewarm introductory hugs, and the looming fear of ‘orbiting.’ But I had already begun to grow tired from the 10-foot walks from my bedroom to the kitchen to do I-don’t-know-what. Between panic-scrolls, I welcomed the potential for something beautiful to blossom, no matter how unrealistic.”

Coronavirus: ‘My virtual date sent me £15 for wine’ (BBC)

BBC: Coronavirus: ‘My virtual date sent me £15 for wine’. “Your first date went well, you have a second lined up and suddenly you’re told to stay at home and practice social distancing, what do you do? Well, Cilla Hope’s date sent her £15 on Monzo for a bottle of wine and they spent three hours on video chat getting to know each other and playing drinking games like Never Have I Ever.”

New Zealand Herald: Woman exposes Tinder date’s double life using X-rated pic and Google

New Zealand Herald: Woman exposes Tinder date’s double life using X-rated pic and Google. “It can be difficult to tell the Romeos from the love rats when it comes to online dating but one woman managed to expose her date’s double life using two simple tools — a d**k pic and Google.” When I first started reading this story I was worried that she had done some kind of reverse image search with the picture. Not the case, and an interesting story about researching with all the evidence at your disposal.