Dangers of dating in internet
Even being revealed as a member of Adult Friend Finder might be embarrassment enough for some: The site is, as its name suggests, "adult" in nature. Penthouse Media Group acquired it along with the rest of its network, which also includes less risque sites aimed at religious and senior daters among others, back in 2007.
That was around the same time Adult Friend Finder settled with the Federal Trade Commission for allegedly foisting "sexually explicit online pop-up ads on unwitting consumers" who weren't looking for porn, including children.
Using the Internet for love, or at least sex, is a becoming a staple of modern life.
More than one in five Americans between ages 25 and 35 have used an online dating site or app according to Pew Research."Swiping right," as Tinder users do to signal interest in other profiles on the app, is already slang.
The only universally acknowledged cyber-crime is the intentional spreading of computer viruses—infectious software programs that could impair the experience of other cyber-tourists. A turn down the wrong cyber-street guarantees exposure to information or images at least as corrosive as anything available in the streets of New York, Paris, or Tokyo—and often even worse.
The hack, first reported on by British outlet Channel 4 News last week, reportedly resulted in the information of nearly 4 million members of Adult Friend Finder leaking onto an online forum frequented by hackers.
In addition to sexual orientation, the data allegedly revealed included e-mail addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes, the unique Internet addresses associated with users' computers and whether members were looking for extramarital affairs.
The agency received nearly 6,000 complaints about those kind of schemes last year from people who reported being swindled out of a total of over million.
One recent academic study of a Chinese dating site found scammers resorting to some pretty creative methods.