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OkCupid users claim account breach, company denies

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Hackers have apparently compromised some user accounts of dating service OkCupid, however, the company has denied any such attempt, triggering the debate on how safe online dating portals are.

A user contacted to inform that some broke in his account and changed the password. So much so, even the email address on the file was changed, disabling the user from resetting his password.

What makes it worse is that the who broke in, started harassing the owner with strange text messages from his phone number that was lifted from one of his private messages.

This is not an isolated case. Several people have reported that their account had been compromised. However, stressed that there has been no security breach at the company.

said that account takeovers are common and happen when someone has an account owner's login information. If one uses the same password on several different sites or services, all of them have potential to be compromised if one faces a security breach.

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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 12:28 IST