Raunchy and revealing images, videos and love chats from dating sites like 3somes, Cougary, Gay Daddy Bear, Xpal, BBW Dating, Casualx, SugarD, and Herpes Dating leaked
This is one cloud data breach that can reveal compromising data saved by users on various dating apps across the world. A team of security researchers from vpnMentor found nearly 845 gigs of data chest leaked due to misconfigured AWS S3 buckets. The shocking news is that this 845 GB database contains explicit images, videos, and sensitive love chat and voice recordings between partners that were saved in the AWS buckets. The more shocking news is that this data was available to anyone who had the right kindly of knowledge about Google Dorking and could use it to mine and compile this information.
The misconfiguration of the bucket affects top-quality dating Apps like 3somes, Cougary, Gay Daddy Bear, Xpal, BBW Dating, Casualx, SugarD, and Herpes Dating and contains records of hundreds of thousands of users who used these dating Apps. According to the vpnMentor researchers, Noam Rotem and Ran Locar, the database contains approximately 2.5 million records of various dating App users. The database is comprised of user-profiles, graphic and sexual images, and videos, sensual voice messages, and audio recordings, private chats, financial transactions between messages, and other data.
The researchers say that affected Apps are:
The researchers stated that they found the exposed AWS bucket on May 24, and contacted the Apps like 3somes on 26th May. A day later the database was taken offline but the researchers cannot confirm that the database was not accessed/stolen by any third party or hackers
The researchers did not reveal the company behind this data breach but it is certain they all belong to a single developer who appears to operate out of China with users all over the world.
We will find soon enough If hackers and cybercriminals have gained access to this database because of the sensitive and graphic nature of the database. It won’t be long before the graphic and sensual images, videos and love chats are leaked onto image boarding websites like 4Chan or on social media. The immediate concern is that hackers and cybercriminals may use this data to extort and stalk the dating app users which normally happens when adult websites data gets leaked.
Though the sensual and graphic images, videos, voice recordings, and chats are shared by users with consent and are completely legal, hackers and cybercriminals can exploit them to make deep fake videos or simply use them as extortion tools to ruin the user.
If you are a user of any of the Apps listed above, it will be a good strategy to stop using them and delete all your images, videos, chats, and your profile from the App. Though it can’t save you if your data has already been stolen, it can save you from a lot of grief if the Chinese developer of these Apps makes the same mistake again.