Hacking group puts millions of Zoosk dating profiles up for sale

Graham Cluley @gcluley

Hacking group puts millions of Zoosk dating profiles up for sale

If you have been trying to find love on the Zoosk app I’ve got some bad news for you.

Hackers are offering for sale what they claim is the stolen account information of millions of online daters who have used the popular app.

The hacking group, which calls itself ShinyHunters, are also claiming to have breached millions of user credentials stolen from the photo book-making service Chatbooks, the online art marketplace Minted.com, and the StarTribune and Chronicle of Higher Education newspapers, amongst others.

In all, as ZDNet reports, the ShinyHunters hacking gang is offering for sale a total of 73.2 million user records via a dark web marketplace.

Obviously if you are a user of Zoosk you would be wise to be on your guard. Make sure you are not using the same password on any other online service (as we’ve mentioned many times before you should never re-use passwords).

My recommendation is for most folks to do the same as what I do: use a password manager to generate unique, random passwords for your accounts, and let it store the passwords for you in its secure vault.

Also, be wary of unsolicited communications claiming to come from a hacked company – it might be fraudsters are exploiting the breached data to trick you into handing over additional sensitive information.

At the time of writing there is no visible acknowledgement of the security breach on Zoosk’s website.

Graham Cluley Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.