OkCupid App Bug Exposed Email Addresses and Birth Dates

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OKCupid's new blind date app came out today, to some fanfare and probably a little more mockery. But it's hit a snag: Apparently, it was coughing up users' emails and birth dates for anyone who bothered to dig for them.

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The information was leaked when you "tweaked" the web traffic info from the app, and also displayed first names, gender, and the profile photo of your match. OKCupid says it has no evidence of anyone exploiting the bug, and that it was a simple typo-correction from being fixed. The API has since been corrected, and the email addresses and DOBs are no longer accessible, but that's probably not the best way to win over anyone apprehensive about the blind dating service to begin with. [WSJ]

DISCUSSION

geekymitch
geekymitch

The new app is dogshit - some sites base matching on photos - not so here, since the photos are all jumbled up. Some base it on reading profiles and deciding you'd like to meet someone - not so here where there ARE no profiles. So basically you are COMPLETELY reliant on OKCupid's questionable matching algorithm to prevent you from meeting a complete crazy psychotic unattractive nutjob with whom you have nothing to talk about.

As an added bonus, they pixelated out all pictures on OKC for most of the day today to encourage people to check it out. People bitched enough that they actually unpixelated it mid-afternoon.