Data dating sites
More recently, subscribers to elite dating site Beautiful People, which only allows people who are perceived to be highly attractive to subscribe, also had their details leaked online, including their income, address, relationship status and virtually every biometric data point imaginable, including weight, eye colour and hair colour.
Earlier that year, hook-up site Adult Friend Finder was also hacked, with the personal details of nearly four million users leaked, including their IP addresses and dates of birth.
Questions over the safety of online dating hacks may once have referred to not knowing the real identity of the person (or people) you are chatting to and personal safety, more recently attention has turned to the safety of users' data.
The Ashley Madison attack in July 2015 revealed the sensitive data of 37 million people.
The “already public” excuse was used in 2008, when Harvard researchers released the first wave of their “Tastes, Ties and Time” dataset comprising four years’ worth of complete Facebook profile data harvested from the accounts of cohort of 1,700 college students.
And it appeared again in 2010, when Pete Warden, a former Apple engineer, exploited a flaw in Facebook’s architecture to amass a database of names, fan pages, and lists of friends for 215 million public Facebook accounts, and announced plans to make his database of over 100 GB of user data publicly available for further academic research.