Researchers Pen Test Partners say that four popular mobile applications that offer dating and meetup services have security flaws that allow for accurate location tracking of users.
Charlie Osborne for ZDNet:
This week, Pen Test Partners said that Grindr, Romeo and Recon have all leaked the exact location of users, and it has been possible to develop a tool that can gather the exposed GPS coordinates. The research is based on a report released last week by Pen Test Partners related to the security of application 3Fun.
3Fun, a mobile application for arranging triangles and dates, had some of the "worst security for any dating app we've ever seen," according to the team. It was found that 3Fun not only leaks the locations of users, but also information including date of birth, sexual preferences, photos and chat data …
Failure to secure and mask users' true locations is problematic, but in some countries , these leaks can pose a real risk to individual security … In Saudi Arabia, for example, you can see users who may be persecuted for their sexual preferences ̵1; with particular reference to the LGBT + community – as well as their general sexual activities. In some cases, the researchers said that eight decimal places in latitude / longitude were reported, suggesting that very accurate GPS data is being stored on servers.
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