Tens of millions of records about users of different dating apps have been discovered in a single database that doesn’t include any password protection.
The records discovered by researcher Jeremiah Fowler mostly were about American users, based on accessible IP addresses and geolocation information. Other data included age, location and account names.
While it’s not clear who controls the leaky database, Fowler accessed the site’s Whois domain registration to find that a subway line in Lanzhou, China was given as the owner’s address.
“I am not saying or implying that these applications or the developers behind them have any nefarious intent or functions, but any developer that goes to such great lengths to hide their identity or contact details raises my suspicions,” Fowler wrote.