Coffee Meets Bagel Users Get Hacked on Valentine’s Day

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Users of the popular dating app Coffee Meets Bagel woke up to a surprise on Valentine’s Day. Instead of looking at matches, they were greeted with a notice from the company saying some of their personal data had been hacked.

According to a report from CNN, the data breach occurred a few days before on February 11, but CMB executives were trying to assess the situation and the extent of the damage. In their notice, the company stated that an “unauthorized party gained access to a partial list of user details.”

Their email goes on to say: “The affected information only includes your name and email address prior to May 2018. As a reminder, we never store any financial information or passwords.”

The breach was discovered after a large data dump appeared for sale on the dark web. According to Tech Crunch, the seller noted the stolen information came from a number of sites in addition to Coffee Meets Bagel, including Dubsmash, MyFitnessPal, MyHeritage, Whitepages, Animoto, HauteLook, and several others.

Tech Crunch also reported that about 6 million Coffee Meets Bagel users had been affected, according to the company.

Coffee Meets Bagel isn’t the only dating platform who’s suffered a recent data breach. OkCupid users were reporting earlier this month that their accounts were being hacked. Many claimed that their usernames and passwords had been changed and they could not regain access to their profiles and account information, although OkCupid denies there was a breach. Dating app Jack’d disclosed that it had inadvertently made public all photos posted by its users, even those marked “private,” due to a “misconfigured Amazon Web services depository” issue, according to Wired. Last year, Facebook announced its users’ data had been hacked, affecting tens of millions of its users.

Coffee Meets Bagel offered a number of steps they are taking to try and alleviate the situation and better protect its users. They have hired forensic security experts to audit their system and infrastructure. They are also focused on their vendors and have stated that they are conducting audits to make sure there are no further breaches or compliance issues. The company is also monitoring suspicious activity and working with law enforcement to address what happened.

While Coffee Meets Bagel is one of the smaller dating apps compared to the likes of Tinder, the company continues to grow (with over 7 million installs), and has recently secured another $20 million in funding. To date, according to Sensor Tower the company has grossed since launch over $25 million (end of 2018), up 30 percent over 2017.