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‘Elite’ Dating Site BeautifulPeople.com Leaks Details Of 1.1m Users

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Names, addresses and incomes among details of BeautifulPeople.com users now up for sale

Members of elite dating website BeautifulPeople.com have been warned that their personal details have been leaked and put up for sale online.

Information such as names, addresses, sexual preference and even income are among the details revealed in the leak of the site’s database, which contains around 1.1 million users.

Details of around 15 million private messages were also revealed, one researcher told Forbes, which could prove embarrassing for any of the site’s members who may not have been entirely single.

At large

breaching bank securityThe leak was revealed by Australian security researcher Troy Hunt, whose website HaveIBeenPwned monitors for the reselling of stolen user information on some of the web’s more dubious marketplaces.

Hunt was told by an unnamed contact that information from BeautifulPeople.com users had been stolen during a hack that took place in December 2015. The site initially said that this attack targeted a test server containing a MongoDB database, which was quickly locked down, but now it seems this was not the case.

The site, which calls itself “the largest network of attractive people in the world”, enforces strict entry requirements for people looking to join.

Exactly what attributes are needed to pass this should soon become public knowledge, as details about members including data included weight, height, job, education, body type, eye colour and hair colour were all leaked.

TechWeekEurope has contacted BeautifulPeople.com for comment but so far has had no response.

BeautifulPeople.com is the latest in a series of dating websites to be targeted by hackers, as they store a large amount of personal information that can be used for a ransom.

The most notorious incident in recent times was the hack of infidelity site Ashley Madison, where the details of 33 million users, including first names, last names, street addresses, and more, were stolen by hackers the Impact Team, which has since revealed most of the data, disseminated via BitTorrent.

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