[ISN] Cupid Media exposed 254,000 Australian lonely hearts

http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/security-it/cupid-media-exposed-254000-australian-lonely-hearts-20140625-zskua.html By Ben Grubb SMH.com.au June 25, 2014 Australian online dating company Cupid Media breached the Privacy Act by failing to take reasonable steps to secure the personal information of 254,000 Australians held on its dating websites, the privacy commissioner has found. Cupid, run out of Southport on the Gold Coast, operates more than 35 niche dating websites based on users’ personal profile including ethnicity, religion and location. In January last year, hackers gained unauthorised access to Cupid web servers and stole the personal information of what was reported to be 42 million users across the globe. The 42 million figure was, however, disputed by Cupid managing director Andrew Bolton. When the breach was made public in November he said the number of ”active members” affected was ”considerably less than 42 million”. How many non-active members details were breached was never disclosed. Before Wednesday the number of Australians exposed was also unknown until it was revealed by the Privacy Commissioner. The personal information included full name, date of birth, email addresses and passwords. […]