(The top non-numeric password was reportedly "iloveyou," followed by "lovely," "qwerty" and "password.") While Cupid Media says it only has 34 million users, the report claimed that the discrepancy between that number and the 42 million breached accounts could be attributed to the fact that "many companies have a habit of storing data on customers who are no longer active." Andrew Bolton, Cupid Media’s managing director, told Krebs that all of the company's affected users had been notified in January after the breach and that their passwords had been reset.NBC News attempted to contact Cupid Media, but the company did not immediately respond.
If you decide to become a paying member, the higher your subscription, the better your chance of being noticed according to the way profiles are ranked (as a free member you come lower down the list).There is an icebreaker or "send an interest" feature, which works quite well at dipping your toe into the dating pool before diving in.As a free member you can send and receive e-mail from other members, so it is possible to use the site without paying a subscription fee.However, two free members will not be able to chat, and if you want to get involved in instant messaging then you’ll need to upgrade your memebership."Not only does this allow crooks to potentially impersonate [users] elsewhere, it also allows unscrupulous employees at their own organization to log in to users' accounts without authorization." In this case, according to information reviewed by Krebs, 34 million of the Cupid Media users registered with email addresses from Yahoo, Hotmail and Gmail.
Another reason to worry: More than 1.9 million of the hacked accounts used the classic password 123456, while another 1.2 million used 111111.
The matching system also specifies a potential match’s willingness to relocate which is not a factor considered by other sites.
The site provides a comprehensive free service that allows members to send and receive mail from all other members.
As many as 42 million people from around the globe had their information stolen from an online dating network, including names, email addresses, unencrypted passwords, and dates of birth, according to a report published by security researcher Brian Krebs.
The Australian-based Cupid Media, which owns more than 30 niche dating sites such as Asian and and Brazilian Cupid.com, has disputed that number, but admitted to Krebs that a breach did occur in January 2013. Because 42 million is one of the largest breaches to happen this year, made worse by the fact that the exposed passwords were stored as plain text.
Filipino Cupid is part of the well-established Cupid Media network that operates over 30 reputable niche dating sites.