Why Bots Like Dating Sites

Dating services employ any number of  anti-fraud solutions. Over the years I've seen registered devices (doesn't work), geo-IP lookups and all sorts of home-brewed solutions. Are You Human is a technology used to fight bots, which supposedly account for 2/3's of most dating site traffic. Back in the day, Markus at POF told me that something like 75% (I think?) of their code … [Read more...]

Is The End Of Ashley Madison Near?

Cheater dating site Ashley Madison has been hacked by someone who worked there in the past in a technical capacity. The person was upset that AM was charging people to remove their profiles completely. Instead of doing what everyone else supposedly does, AM charged $17 for what amounts to running an SQL database query to remove all traces of a user from their system. And … [Read more...]

AARP Wants Dating Sites To Crack Down On Fraud

How interesting that the AARP ignored the dating industry for over a decade and now calls for the industry to crack down on fraud, probably because lots of their members are getting scammed on their own dating site, powered by HowAboutWe, which is owned by Match. More info on the deal. I wonder if AARP talked to Match before they started a media campaign that attacks their … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Release Industry Report on Scammers and Dating Fraud | Scamalytics

Global Dating Insights and Scamalytics have collaborated on a scammers and dating fraud report. The report covers scammers and dating fraud and what the industry and third-parties can do to combat the threat they pose. They look at the current frauds infecting mobile apps like Tinder, trends like sextortion, and how these scammers are adapting their methods to the new … [Read more...]

Unsecure Android Dating Apps Everywhere

Dating apps are fun to hack for knowledge and profit. No mention of iOS apps in this IBM story,  but this is not exactly surprising. Dating site apps are so easy to crank out these days, security is an afterthought at most companies. An analysis conducted by IBM Security found over 60 percent of leading dating mobile apps on Android are potentially vulnerable to a variety … [Read more...]

Merry Christmas Dating Scammers

      Dating sites use Scamalytics to stop scammers in their tracks, saving them moderation time and the related costs that come with scam and fraud detection. December and January is a boom time for the Dating Industry but also results in a huge influx of scammers. Scamalytics' unique technology looks at the user's profile data, behavior and … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Hires VP of Sales

This is great news. Scamalytics, based in London UK, maintain the largest shared anti-fraud blacklists specifically dedicated to the online dating industry. Scamalytics has hired Dave Wiseman as VP of Sales. Wiseman has extensive experience selling fraud solutions into the online dating industry, having previously run European sales for Iovation. Dan Winchester, Scamalytics … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Identify Stolen Celebrity Identities Being Used by Online Dating Scammers

Good to see Scamalytics increase their efforts in identifying  additional scam vectors on dating and other websites. "As an anti-fraud company we aim to analyze as much relevant data as possible" said Scamalytics co-founder Dan Winchester. "Analysing photos is a natural next step for us. We are picking up more fraud faster by identifying scammers from their photos before … [Read more...]

Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords

An intrusion at online dating service Cupid Media earlier this year exposed more than 42 million consumer records, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords and birthdays, according to information obtained by KrebsOnSecurity. It drives me absolutely crazy to read things like this. Storing plaintext passwords, what is this, 2002? Inexcusable lack of … [Read more...]

Scamalytics Launches Free Scammer Health Check for Online Dating Sites

Back from Peru, what an incredible trip. It's amazing what a few weeks in the jungle, seeing Machu Picchu and visiting ruins at 13,000 feet will do for one's health and perspective on life. Lost 10 pounds and I'm the calmest I've ever been in my life. Dad and I had many memorable experiences that I'll never forget. Before leaving, I unsubscribed from 50 marketing/social … [Read more...]