The site introduced a system of validated membership in 2012, whereby entrants are encouraged to take a webcam picture of themselves holding up a piece of paper with their name and date handwritten on it to prove that their pictures are genuine.'We have always led the field in combating this.
The big news was broken on Twitter where Troy Hunt who is the operator of the Have IBeen made a public announcement stating that due to the insecure Mango DB test server left unguardedly open, without an admin password, millions of clients’ data was leaked and exposed on the Dark Web where their personal details are being traded.
The dating website company has hired Toronto-based cybersecurity firm Cycura to investigate the breach, first reported by the Krebson Security blog, and is working with police to trace those behind the attack, spokesman Paul Keable said.
In an attack coordinated via social media, uglies wanting to take revenge on the site have been using fake profile pictures to become members of the exclusive dating community before then attempting to subvert the system by voting in 'ugly' people and voting out any good-looking potential members.
He found that the site’s emphasis on attributes, rather than interests, was a bit stifling as a place to find a partner: “I could hypothetically search for a 21-year-old, 112 lbs., 5’7” girl who owns a house in Omaha, but not search for someone who was interested in rock climbing,” he wrote.
The fact that the site asks for and maintains such specific information from users means that the hack is remarkably revealing.
Should applicants secure enough positive votes from members, they will be granted membership to the Beautiful People community.