70,000 photos of women from Tinder landed on the cybercriminals forum

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When you put your photos online, you get rid of some privacy. Of course, this is completely harmless if the group of recipients is limited only to friends. However, if the photos go to public websites, their further fate always remains a mystery. Photographs can, for example, be used by cyber criminals, which is confirmed by the latest reports.

Aaron DeVera from the New York anti-cybercrime department announces that a pack of 70,000 photos of women from Tinder has appeared on a known malware forum. The photos are accompanied by a text file with the unique identifiers of website users, which indicate that the photos belong to a total of approximately 16,000 women. Data can be used in a variety of ways.

The direct reason for placing photos on the web is not clear, but their existence on the forum used by cyber criminals suggests that they may be used for illegal purposes. With the help of photography you can perform various types of scams and blackmail with phishing methods targeted at. Using photos, you can also create fake profiles on other social media platforms to cheat people in the circle of friends of the indicated group of women.

In the happiest accident accident victims, the photo packet will be used to "feed" artificial intelligence learning to recognize faces. Despite the illegal nature of this type of activity, similar situations happen cyclically. Everyone can download your publicly available photos from social networking sites and sign them with your nickname or – as in the case of Facebook – name and surname. You have to take this into account.

Tinder has already issued a statement in which he says that using photos outside the site is not legal and the company will take steps to remove the illegal collection from the network. Unfortunately, fighting something like this is like fighting windmills and the photo database has probably been copied more than once. Tinder is to take steps to protect the application against the possibility of "extracting" photos from it using the API.

Simply put: if you don't want someone to use your photos without your permission, never post them online.

Source: Gizmodo