And when combined with password reuse, an attacker can gain an initial foothold into a person’s life.
They could also use an exploit kit, but since most use dating apps on mobile devices, this is somewhat more difficult.
Romance scams are also nothing new—but how much of these are done on online dating networks?
We further explored by setting up “honeyprofiles”, or honeypots in the form of fake accounts.
Until November 2014, Zoosk charged no fee to start using the app and to send one message to another person.
The first stage of our research seeks to answer these main questions: In almost all of the online dating networks we explored, we found that if we were looking for a target we knew had a profile, it was easy to find them.
That shouldn’t come as a surprise, as online dating networks allow you to filter people using a wide range of factors—age, location, education, profession, salary, not to mention physical attributes like height and hair color.
With these problems at the company, Zoosk canceled its IPO in December. To improve revenue, the company decided in November 2014 to require a paid membership to send messages.
To verify a photo, users are asked to take a video selfie in order to record their appearance from multiple angles.