reports that a database containing information (including sexual preference, height and weight, income, and contact details, among other things) on 1.1 million users, plus 15 million private messages between users, was leaked and is now for sale.
has learned from an Australian security expert that real data was taken and has been traded online.
(Source: go.com) To date, Beautiful has rejected 5.5 million applicants.
Beautiful operates in a seemingly disturbing, yet straightforward fashion: members vote on whether or not new applicants to the dating site are good-looking enough to join. "Obviously this is a bitter pill to swallow so we've done everything we can do minimize damage," said managing director, Greg Hodge, in reference to the attack.(Source: go.com) The attack allowed everyone who applied to the site in recent weeks the 'thumbs up.' Beautiful management weren't alerted to the problem until members began to complain that the site's 'standards' appeared to be slipping."We got suspicious when tens of thousands of new members were accepted over a six-week period," Hodge admitted.The site (which has bragged about rejecting “ugly people” and cutting users who gain weight) says in a statement, “The breach involves data that was provided by members prior to mid July 2015.No more recent user data or any data relating to users who joined from mid July 2015 onward is affected.