WIRED: I Uncovered an Army of Fake Men on Hinge

WIRED: I Uncovered an Army of Fake Men on Hinge. “IN THE LAND of love, there are fakes, and there are fakes. There’s the realization that the flesh-and-blood person you’ve spent time with is inauthentic in some way, the old-fashioned bluffing of the Homo sapiens mating game. And then there are the unnaturally smooth selfies and stilted messages that suggest an AI-generated facsimile of a person. On dating app Hinge, which claims to serve those seeking life-long connections, there appear to be a lot of these.”

WIRED: How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers

WIRED: How I Learned Confidence From Online Posers. “I learned that quite a few dating app users ignore posted filters and explicit preferences. They insist that if you just meet them, you’ll love them…. I, on the other hand, was looking for a connection. I’d never once considered misrepresenting myself. I know that I’m not perfect, but I felt dejected after wasting my time and energy (as well as theirs). Ultimately, I decided to do some research to find out what I was missing.”

EXCLUSIVE: Anti-vax dating site that let people advertise ‘mRNA FREE’ semen left all its user data exposed (Daily Dot)

Daily Dot: EXCLUSIVE: Anti-vax dating site that let people advertise ‘mRNA FREE’ semen left all its user data exposed. “After the Daily Dot set up a test account on the platform, GeopJr was able to change the account’s private email address, username, and profile picture. GeopJr was also able to edit a public post made by the Daily Dot and change its wording. Other data such as the site’s backups could be downloaded or deleted. GeopJr was able to give away $15 per month subscriptions to Unjected as well as reply to and delete help center tickets and reported posts.”

CNN: She warned other women on TikTok about her ex-boyfriend. Then she received a cease-and-desist

CNN: She warned other women on TikTok about her ex-boyfriend. Then she received a cease-and-desist. “While women aren’t alone in using online forums to post about connections from dating apps, a Pew Research Center study found that young women are much more likely than their male counterparts to report having their safety threatened when online dating, whether that be receiving unwanted communications or unsolicited sexual images, or being berated.”

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.”