Love Is Dead: Hacker Needlessly Targets eHarmony, Knows All About Our Dating Lives Now
12:05 pm, June 8th | by Amy Tennery
Roughly 1.5 million users on eHarmony, the dating site for people who think they’re too classy for OkCupid, had their accounts hacked this week. The site reported the hacks through a blog post (the de rigueur way to tell people their personal information is now in the sweaty, conniving hands of a web hacker, apparently). In its statement, eHarmony explained that a “small faction of [its] user base has been affected.” And if nothing properly conveys how powerful eHarmony, the knowledge that 1.5 million people constitutes a “small fraction” of its users should. (There are roughly 160 million eHarmony users worldwide. The mind boggles.)
The hacking is apparently connected to the LinkedIn hack earlier this week, marking what is, perhaps, the most needless, least scandalous social networking hack ever. If I were a gambling woman, I’d put my money on Friendster becoming the next target here.
The hack reportedly affected passwords only, but users may have access to email logins also. So if you’re one of those people whose password is “password,” it might be time to update.