Dating site security check
With the ability to locate a target and link them back to a real identity, all the attacker needs to do is to exploit them.
Romance scams are also nothing new—but how much of these are done on online dating networks?
Conversely, we were able to find a given profile’s corresponding identity outside the online dating network through classic Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) profiling. Many were just too eager to share more sensitive information than necessary (a goldmine for attackers).
In fact, there’s even a previous research that triangulated people’s exact positions in real time based on their phone’s dating apps.
To bear out the risks, we delved into various online dating networks, which initially included Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Jdate, OKCupid, Grindr, Coffee meets Bagel, and Love Struck.
The first stage of our research seeks to answer these main questions: In almost all of the online dating networks we explored, we found that if we were looking for a target we knew had a profile, it was easy to find them.