Tinder hacking update

2
Jul
2013

Well, it appears I wasn’t only one receiving these fake profiles yesterday, the Tinder twitter account has been inundated with similar complaints. Symantec even has a page about it. Tinder is claiming these are “spambots” which is a curious choice of words, since it implies that (although automated) these are regular, albeit fake, profiles being filled out and submitted. A better choice of words would be hacked, since in order to do the kinds of things they are doing, they would need access to other parts of the Tinder system. So while I (guess I) believe Tinder now when they say this isn’t their doing (although it still could have been a test on their part that went awry), it is pretty worrying that all that private customer data is being accessed by whoever is hacking them. It implies, obviously, that their systems are not secure.