The hack, first reported on by British outlet Channel 4 News last week, reportedly resulted in the information of nearly 4 million members of Adult Friend Finder leaking onto an online forum frequented by hackers.
In addition to sexual orientation, the data allegedly revealed included e-mail addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes, the unique Internet addresses associated with users' computers and whether members were looking for extramarital affairs.
For the woman who was assaulted, that is exactly how it started.
The two met on Tinder and talked for a few weeks before he started asking her if she would like to meet for coffee.
Just last month, Ars Technica reported that wasn't encrypting users' login credentials -- leaving them vulnerable to snooping if users logged in to the site from a public network, for example.
And other dating sites have suffered actual data breaches -- including e Harmony, from which more than a million user passwords were stolen in 2012.
Instead of having users pull out a complete profile, they ask them to connect with their Facebook or Linked In pages -- pulling pictures or text to prepopulate their account.
But that could mean even bigger problems if a breach occurs, Mayer said.Using the Internet for love, or at least sex, is a becoming a staple of modern life.More than one in five Americans between ages 25 and 35 have used an online dating site or app according to Pew Research."Swiping right," as Tinder users do to signal interest in other profiles on the app, is already slang.The agency received nearly 6,000 complaints about those kind of schemes last year from people who reported being swindled out of a total of over million.One recent academic study of a Chinese dating site found scammers resorting to some pretty creative methods.Although online dating sites and mobile apps have changed how people date, the fact that dangerous people still exist has not. Pleasant Police Department has dealt with two instances of criminal sexual conduct (CSC) as a result of people who met using a social media site or dating application.