Dating site Muslim Match has suffered a data breach in which profile information of users and a cache of 790,000 private messages sent over the social network were exposed.
The website wasn’t encrypted, running on http making the site a very vulnerable one.
Experts have expressed their fears of blackmailing arising as a result of the data that was breached. According to infosecurity magazine reports, AlienVault security advocate, Javvad Malik, explained that smaller sites often have fewer resources to devote to security. However, he explained that no online company is ‘too small’ or unimportant to be targeted by attackers, especially when user data is involved,”
Malik also claimed the religious and cultural taboos at play in this instance could make blackmail a very real possibility.
“Where possible, people should consider information on websites to be publicly available,” he argued. “Therefore, they should consider what photos and information they post and share and the potential impact if the content is shared broadly.”