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Two researchers have received sensitive information of many dating apps. They say that due to weak security of these data, users of dating apps can suffer huge losses. He has got a total of 845 GB data and a collection of 2.5 million records.

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  • Last Updated:November 6, 2020, 3:00 PM IST

new Delhi. In today’s time, online data exposure has become a common practice. However, common exposure of data exposé does not reduce its risk. Especially when this data is exposed to a dating app (Dating Apps) and contains a particular category and interest group. In May this year, two security researchers received a collection of similar data in the buckets of Amazon Web Services (AWS) during Open Internet Scanning. Data from several specialized dating websites were existing in this collection. Both these resources have received a total of 845 gigabytes of data and about 2.5 million records. It contains personal information of thousands of people, screenshots of their private chats, etc.

Sensitive information of dating apps
Both the researchers have claimed that their dating data through these dating apps is highly sensitive and sexual content. Among them are information such as private chats of dating platforms, their screenshots, payment receipt. Researchers have warned that potential hackers can clear their hands on these sensitive information in a jiffy. Users can also be identified through these information. However, the researchers did not hack this data, but they have certainly raised questions on the security of these data.

Also read: Transaction of money can be done through WhatsApp, know when service will startResearchers found that all these data came from the same source. Their infrastructure was almost the same and the layout of their website was almost the same. Many of these apps are listed on the Google Play Store by a developer named Cheng Du New Tech Zone.

These data can prove to be very dangerous

He also said that it is not possible to say whether this information is in the hands of another person. a report In these resources, it has been written that the hacking of information like email and password is not as dangerous as the hacking or theft of such data. These data range from mentally disturbing someone to extortion and other types of crime.

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However, in view of these threats, other cloud providers including AWS have constantly tried to devise mechanisms to warn the users about their information being public. In the security industry, continuous work is being done on this problem. But, there are a lot of disturbances that need to be corrected. In this case, the researchers say that this issue of data security is not the problem of Amazon. This is the problem of the organizations that have developed these applications. There has been a mistake in the configuration of these applications on their behalf.

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