Think about all of the information you give out when you sign up for a dating site. BeautifulPeople.com were asked to supply that information before their appearances were voted on by the existing user base. From there, they were either granted a profile or denied one. All of that information is supposed to be private, however.
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It's now public thanks to a leak of 1.1 million BeautifulPeople users that all of that information is coming out. According to Forbes, the information is being marked around the darker corners of the internet and that includes more than 15 million private messages.
The news first broke at the end of last year, but at the time, the website said that it was from a test server that didn't have real information. Now it appears that wasn't quite true. Troy Hunt, an Australian security expert who specializes in this kind of data, said that there is a lot of information out on the market.
Some of the other information released included weight, height, job, education, eye color, hair color, and body type. The standard email address, phone numbers, and locations were also taken. Other more innocent things like habits, interests, and favorite movies and books was also released.
"In excess of 100 individual data attributes per person,” Hunt said. “Everything you’d expect from a site of this nature is in there.”
Users of the website have confirmed that their information was leaked, including encrypted keywords.
BeautifulPeople.com, which brags about being “the largest network of attractive people in the world”, has always been controversial. It bans "ugly people" from creating accounts - for being too overweight, to aging, or losing a job.
Today, the company re-sent its original statement on the breach: “We can confirm we were notified of a breach on December 24th of 2015 of one of our MongoDB test servers. This was a staging server and not part of our production data base. The staging server was immediately shut down.
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Anyone concerned their information leaked in any of those dating site breaches can check on Hunt’s website, HaveIBeenPwned.com.