Identities of gay dating app users could be exposed
SECURITY experts found a software error in gay dating app Grindr that could have exposed the real identities of its three million daily users.
The issue was even thought to affect people who have opted out of sharing data, reports The Sun.
Cybersecurity expert Trever Faden said: "One could, without too much difficulty or even a huge amount of technological skill, easily pinpoint a user's exact location."
He told NBC news how he had set up a website called C**kblocked which allowed users to see who blocked them after they entered their username and password.
But he was shocked to discover that it gave him access to users' unread messages, email addresses, deleted photos, and allowed him to pinpoint their exact location.
Security researcher Cooper Quintin blasted: "There are a million reasons why you might not want someone to find your location through Grindr, and Grindr is dealing with that as a non-issue. They're putting people's lives at risk by doing that."
Grindr said in a statement it was aware of the vulnerabilities that Faden had found and had changed its system to prevent access to data regarding blocked accounts.
The loophole was fixed on March 23.
The company also warned people not to use their Grindr logins for other apps or websites.
If identities can be revealed, fans might finally know if Eminem used Grindr like he said when speaking with Vulture about his dating life.
Asked how he met potential dates, Eminem mentioned Tinder - and popular gay dating app Grindr.
Here's the full exchange:
Interviewer: When you were dating, how'd you meet people? Tinder?
Eminem: I mean, yeah.
I: Are you being serious?
E: Yeah, Tinder.
E: [Laughs] And Grindr. I also used to go to strip clubs.
From there, the conversation turned to other topics, but people were left to wonder if Eminem actually does date dudes?
- with news.com.au