Share this article Share 'The breach involves data that was provided by members prior to mid July No more recent user data or any data relating to users who joined from mid July onward is affected. The data does not contain any credit card information and user passwords are encrypted. To become a member, applicants are required to be voted in by existing members of the opposite sex. On its website, it claims over couples have been married through the site. Last year the firm hit the headlines recently when it ejected 3, members for letting themselves go.
The site obsessed with beauty faced an ugly backlash after thousands of people have started trolling the site in a bid to take revenge on their elitist policies. The website's Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, confirmed a breach of its systems that has put the real names, credit card information and other details of as many as 37 million customers at risk. Avid Life said it has since secured the sites and closed unauthorized access points.
The dating website company has hired Toronto-based cybersecurity firm Cycura to investigate the breach, first reported by the KrebsonSecurity blog, and is working with police to trace those behind the attack, spokesman Paul Keable said. The breach comes about two months after dating site Adult FriendFinder was compromised.
That site has an estimated 64 million members. In an attack coordinated via social media, uglies wanting to take revenge on the site have been using fake profile pictures to become members of the exclusive dating community before then attempting to subvert the system by voting in 'ugly' people and voting out any good-looking potential members. The 'Ugly' troll attack originated in Russia where over 2, applications were made to the site in a few hours.
Over half of these were fake profiles and part of the 'ugly troll army'. Elitist dating site BeautifulPeople. Uglies wanting to take revenge on the site have been using fake profile pictures to become members of the exclusive dating community before attempting to subvert the system 2, of the recent surge in fake profiles were from Russia, where the revenge campaign began Greg Hodge, the managing director of BeautifulPeople.
Validated members get a 'verification stamp' on their profiles. Prior to the attack this feature was optional, but the makers have been forced to make profile verification mandatory. In taking this next step, we believe we will all but eliminate disingenuous profiles on our site and set the example for the online dating market as a whole.
Online daters do not want their time wasted with fraudulent profiles. There will always be a degree of jealousy from those who don't make the cut. After the recent cull, over , members remain on the site, representing countries and almost every ethnic and cultural background.
A global average of one in ten applicants that apply to the site are accepted.