Guardian dating uk

21-Jan-2018 02:03

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”.The issue came to light after users received offensive messages to email addresses they only used with the service.Jes Breslaw, director of strategy at Delphix, commented: "Given that the spam came as a result of a third party, it's likely the original breach came from a test system – which demonstrates the importance of adopting multi-layered security measures when working with third party consultants, contractors or outsourcers." Marco Cova, senior security researcher at Lastline, added that although the leaked information wasn't particularly sensitive it might still be used as fodder for follow-up phishing attacks.Soulmates is one of the UK’s longest running online dating brands and is a flagship commercial business of the Guardian.

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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).

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