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OkCupid Hit By Hackers


It has been reported that hackers have apparently compromised some user accounts of dating service OkCupid. However, the company has denied any such attempt, triggering the debate on how safe online dating portals are. A user contacted TechCrunch to inform that some hacker broke in his account and changed the password. So much so, even the email address on the file was changed, disabling the user from resetting his password.

Experts Comments below:

Tim Mackey, Technical Evangelist at Synopsys:

“The reported breach at OkCupid highlights a key issue we face with account and identity management – web sites often use an email address as a form of identification but don’t validate that email address at any point during the account lifecycle. From the reported OkCupid responses to enquiries, it appears a user’s email address is their primary form of account identifier. Given that user’s can change email addresses, that email addresses may no longer become valid (say as the result...(continued)

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