Spam emails from dating sites
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Researchers at Kaspersky have taken a look at a number of online dating apps for Android and i OS, and found that some are doing a pretty poor job of securing users' details.
Firstly, some apps encourage users to enter their place of work on their profile: First of all, we checked how easy it was to track users with the data available in the app.
Up until now, these were also the most common forms of phishing emails.
(PDF), email phishing attacks — strangers contacting you pretending to be a bank or some other legitimate company — increased 87% from 2011 through 2013.
This increase is despite the fact that rates of spam email — where legitimate companies send you advertisement-style emails — dropped from 2012 to 2013.
If a target was staying in one place, a hacker could feed an app bogus co-ordinates and receive information about their relative distance to track down the location of the person they were interested in.
The researchers reported that users of the Tinder, Mamba, Zoosk, Happn, We Chat, and Paktor apps were particularly susceptible to having their location determined.We could speculate that this shift from spam to phishing represents that phishing emails are more effective in getting email users like you or I to click on a link and give up our private information to these scam artists.