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Coffee Meets Bagel Confirms Hack on Valentine's Day

The dating app says users' account data may have been obtained by an unauthorized party.

Just in time for Valentine's Day, dating app Coffee Meets Bagel today alerted account holders to a data breach, stating an unauthorized user may have accessed their information.

This incident was discovered as part of a larger pool of user data on sale for less than $22,000 in Bitcoin on the Dark Web, The Register reports. In total, the data dump includes 617 million account details stolen from 16 hacked websites, including Dubsmash (162 million), MyFitnessPal (151 million), MyHeritage (92 million), ShareThis (41 million), HauteLook (28 million), and Animoto (25 million).

The Register report alleges 6.17 million Coffee Meets Bagel accounts (673 MB of data) were taken between late 2017 and mid-2018. Each account record reportedly contains a full name, email address, age, registration date, and gender. However, in its disclosure of the incident, Coffee Meets Bagel reports affected data is limited to names and email addresses prior to May 2018. The app emphasizes it does not store any financial information or passwords.

Coffee Meets Bagel learned of the incident on Feb. 11, 2019, and has since hired forensic security experts to review its systems and infrastructure, according to an email to users. It has begun to audit vendor and external systems and will continue to monitor for suspicious activity.

This isn't the only security incident affecting dating platforms this Valentine's Day. A separate TechCrunch report detailed several account takeover incidents affecting users of OkCupid.

Read more details about Coffee Meets Bagel and related larger incidents here.

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