Why Bots Like Dating Sites

David Evans Dating Safety

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 …




Is The End Of Ashley Madison Near?

David Evans Dating Safety

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 …




AARP Wants Dating Sites To Crack Down On Fraud

David Evans Dating Safety

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 …




Scamalytics Release Industry Report on Scammers and Dating Fraud | Scamalytics

David Evans Dating Safety

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 dating landscape, and cleverly circumventing …




Unsecure Android Dating Apps Everywhere

David Evans Dating Safety, Mobile Dating

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 …




Merry Christmas Dating Scammers

David Evans Dating Profiles, Dating Safety

      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 device to identify your trusted …




Scamalytics Hires VP of Sales

David Evans Dating Safety, Dating Site Technology, Online Dating Innovation

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 co-founder, commented: Our solution brings anti-scamming tools into …




Scamalytics Identify Stolen Celebrity Identities Being Used by Online Dating Scammers

David Evans Dating Safety, Profiles & Matching

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 they even go …




Cupid Media Hack Exposed 42M Passwords

David Evans Dating Safety, Dating Site Technology

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 security. Most-used passwords were “123456” and “iloveyou”. Ugh! Full details …