Interestingly, there are similarities here with what was found at Ashley Madison - which also failed to do any kind of email verification for new accounts.
And, like Ashley Madison (which was allegedly riddled with fembots to lure male users into paying for an account) there appear to have been millions of fake accounts on Mate1 too.
It has verified that 498 of those credentials linked back to Mate1 accounts.
However, spelling errors and the absence of an email verification system by which a Mate1 user must click a link to activate their account might mean that many of the compromised email accounts either belong to people who actually do not own them or do not function properly.
This leak illustrates that password security should be just as important to web dating services as it should to other online platforms.
This will help reduce the risk of exposure if (or more likely when) one of their accounts is compromised.
Joseph Cox of , reports that the passwords are believed to have belonged to members of Mate1, an online dating website with an estimated membership base of 36.5 million users.
In a conversation with Cox the anonymous hacker described how he had control over Mate1's systems: was able to obtain approximately 500 of the leaked passwords.
use strong encryption measures for) users' passwords.
In the meantime, ordinary users should create a strong, unique password for each of their online accounts and should NEVER reuse passwords across multiple logins.