Russian dating email address
A hacker called Mastermind has published a list of over 20 million email addresses to highlight the "outrageous" problem of dating websites using millions of fake profiles to trick customers into signing up to their service.
Speaking to IBTimes UK, the hacker said the reason for the attack was not to sell the stolen information but to highlight the fact that millions of fake profiles are used by all dating websites, which the hacker calls "outrageous" and "a dirty business".
Not all men from these countries are guilty of scamming but a majority of incidences have been reported from these locations to make one pause before getting involved . He will call you his love and his boyfriend in just days.
You may get an email from him and it will be missing your name or contain someone elses. In the letter, he may even say he is looking for the perfect girl.
Here's what they've found are the ingredients in the typical scam profile.
Her English may be imperfect but you still will be able to understand her, even if through an online translator.The hacker posted a message on text-sharing website Pastebin (now removed) publicising the fact that more than 20 million emails from a dating website have been stolen.While the hacker would not confirm where the 20 million email addresses came from, it has been reported they were stolen from Russian dating site Topface, though the service says there is no proof this is the case:"At the moment we do not have any proven information that any data was stolen from Topface.According to Daniel Ingevaldson, chief technology officer of fraud-detection software-maker Easy Solutions, 50% of the email addresses are for people based in Russia, with a further 40% for people located in the EU with a significant numbers of accounts from Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo among the database.Dating websites using people's profiles without their knowledge is not new, with a 2013 Panorama investigation finding that some websites were buying the personal data of members of the public to artificially boost the number of people who appeared to be using their services, thereby helping the sites attract more customers.