Apr 252016
 

Thomas Fox-Brewster reports:

Sexual preference. Relationship status. Income. Address. These are just some details applicants for the controversial dating site BeautifulPeople.com are asked to supply before their physical appeal is judged by the existing user base, who vote on who is allowed in to the “elite” club based on looks alone. All of this, of course, is supposed to remain confidential. But much of that supposedly-private information is now public, thanks to the leak of a database containing sensitive data of 1.1 million BeautifulPeople.com users. The leak, according to one researcher, also included 15 million private messages between users. Another said the data is now being sold by traders lurking in the murky corners of the web.

Read more on Forbes. The data leak was originally uncovered by Chris Vickery (now a researcher with MacKeeper), but as we were told in many cases last year, this was supposedly a “test server.” It seems that the test server contained real data.

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