Regardless of the scheme, eligible bachelors and bachelorettes – or those who are just looking to have a good time – have a new cyber threat vector to watch out for: Online dating sites and "hookup" apps.One of the most memorable data breaches of 2015 was executed against Ashley Madison, an online network for adults who are seeking an extramarital affair.Have you tried online dating and were not happy with the results?Are you single but don't have the time or patience to meet people the traditional way?This means that even people who weren't looking to cheat could have been on the list.Any email address listed online has the potential to become fodder for fraud. Online dating sites are clearly at risk from spammers, and hackers who would look to expose this information, but what about imposters, and even spies?
When it comes to looking for love in cyber space, it's best to be on your guard.
Ashley Madison did not comply with the terms, and as a result, the hackers dumped 9.7 gigabytes of data belonging to the 32 million or so users.
Anyone with access to the Internet and a connected device could browse the list to see if anyone they knew, or suspected, might be an account holder.
Hackers will prowl social networks, online forums and gaming websites disguised as an innocent everyday user in search of someone to trick.
The end goal could be a phishing scam, theft of a Social Security number, stolen login information, ransomware or something else.It's been said that hackers will exploit any possible entry point for gain, and this includes the heart.