Tinder announced that a new scam is targeting its users to inadvertently subscribe them to adult websites that charge hefty fees.This scam operates under the pretense that a user enters his or her personal information, along with payment card data, to verify that their account is legitimate.In theory, verification could help ease the many fears and anxieties users may have about online dating, especially before meeting in person.
Twitter, for example, has now opened verification to the public, allowing all users to verify the legitimacy of their profiles instead of waiting for Twitter to approve or deny their requests. However, it is reserved specifically for celebrities and high-profile accounts.
Unlike Twitter, this process is not open to the public.
Tinder web bots, disguised as profiles of women posing in lingerie, match with users and send messages to pique users’ interests.
From there, the bot will ask if the user’s profile is verified and send a link to a fraudulent site.
Bots will indicate that because the user’s profile is not verified, they will not meet in public.
In addition, bots will claim that the verification process is free of charge.
Symantec reports that it found at least 13 sites on the Internet claiming to be part of the “Tinder Safe Dating” initiative.
These sites use keywords like “Tinder,” “safe online dating” and even utilize the Tinder logo to convince users that they are legitimate sites.
After the State Board of Elections were targeted in both in Arizona and Illinois in two separate data breach events, the FBI is urging all states to monitor their voter registration systems for suspicious activity.
While the first attempt in Arizona in June 2016 failed, hackers were successful in compromising Illinois voter records just a month later. Arizona was the first state to see the hackers at work after malware was discovered on an election official’s computer in June 2016.
The state’s online voter registration systems were shut down for nine days following the discovery, and the breach attempt was deemed unsuccessful. According to state officials, hackers were able to obtain names, home addresses, driver’s licenses, identification card numbers and party affiliation information of 200,000 registered voters.