Guardian online dating soulmates

29-Dec-2019 14:09

It is not known how many customers were affected, but the Guardian said it received 27 complaints and that the problem has since been resolved. Professor Alan Woodward, a cyber-security expert at the University of Surrey, said the problem was compounded by the fact that ‘many people use a dating site, find a partner, and move on with their lives without realising their details are still in the system’.In 2015, two big dating websites, Ashley Madison and Plenty of Fish, were hacked, exposing intimate details of millions of users worldwide.Apparently, said user – who is employed in the IT arena – contacted The Guardian newspaper regarding the incident last November, and received a reply confirming the data leak late last month.A spokeswoman for the Soulmates site told the Beeb that only email addresses and user IDs had actually been exposed, but that this information allowed malicious parties to dig up further details on members by finding and combing through their online profiles (which are public).The Guardian’s online dating website has suffered some manner of data breach, with user information getting spilled and subsequently used in targeted spam emails of a sexually explicit nature.Users of the Guardian Soulmates website have reportedly received spam messages which include details drawn from their site profiles, and according to one user who spoke to the BBC, the emails “directly [referenced] information that could only have come from the Soulmates database”.

Guardian Soulmates does seem to have been successful in being the no1 destination for educated singles, and probably provides a more genuinely elite community (of a certain persuasion) than many of the dating sites that pitch themselves at this ‘upper crust’ market more directly.The Guardian blamed ‘a human error by one of our third party technology providers’ rather than hacking.But the dating site, which charges users up to £32 a month, only confirmed what happened in April.A month-to-month membership will run you £32, whereas a three-month membership costs £21.33/month (billed all at once), and a six-month membership costs £16 (also billed all at once).I suggest to anyone wanting to sign up with a dating site, to review the fine print before signing up (usually Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, depending on the company).

Guardian Soulmates does seem to have been successful in being the no1 destination for educated singles, and probably provides a more genuinely elite community (of a certain persuasion) than many of the dating sites that pitch themselves at this ‘upper crust’ market more directly.

The Guardian blamed ‘a human error by one of our third party technology providers’ rather than hacking.

But the dating site, which charges users up to £32 a month, only confirmed what happened in April.

A month-to-month membership will run you £32, whereas a three-month membership costs £21.33/month (billed all at once), and a six-month membership costs £16 (also billed all at once).

I suggest to anyone wanting to sign up with a dating site, to review the fine print before signing up (usually Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, depending on the company).

The data was leaked thanks to ‘human error’, the publisher of the newspaper noted, and it wasn’t the fault of a Guardian employee, but rather a third-party technology provider.