Manhunt Leaks User Data After Security Breach

Written by Luke Smith

Manhunt has been hit by a data breach, potentially leaving the data of more than six million users exposed.

The gay dating app confirmed that the breach gained access to the company’s accounts database, downloading usernames, email address, passwords, and personal details.

It’s not clear whether or not user passwords were scrambled to prevent them from being read by humans. Passwords scrambled using weak algorithms can sometimes be decoded into plain text, allowing malicious hackers to break into their accounts.

A statement released that roughly 11% of accounts were confirmed to be affected which equates to approximately 660,000 users.

Following the breach, Manhunt force-reset account passwords and began alerting users in mid-March.

The company tweeted: “At this time, all Manhunt users are required to update their password to ensure it meets the updated password requirements.”

However, the post did not say that user accounts had been stolen.

In July 2019, rival app Jack’d was forced to pay out $240,000 to 1,900 people after personal images were leaked. These included nude photos that were supposed to be securely stored and only shared with the user’s permission.

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