Hacking group puts millions of Zoosk dating profiles up for sale

Hacking group puts millions of Zoosk dating profiles up for sale

If you have been trying to find love on the Zoosk app I’ve got some bad news for you.

Hackers are offering for sale what they claim is the stolen account information of millions of online daters who have used the popular app.

The hacking group, which calls itself ShinyHunters, are also claiming to have breached millions of user credentials stolen from the photo book-making service Chatbooks, the online art marketplace Minted.com, and the StarTribune and Chronicle of Higher Education newspapers, amongst others.

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In all, as ZDNet reports, the ShinyHunters hacking gang is offering for sale a total of 73.2 million user records via a dark web marketplace.

Obviously if you are a user of Zoosk you would be wise to be on your guard. Make sure you are not using the same password on any other online service (as we’ve mentioned many times before you should never re-use passwords).

My recommendation is for most folks to do the same as what I do: use a password manager to generate unique, random passwords for your accounts, and let it store the passwords for you in its secure vault.

Also, be wary of unsolicited communications claiming to come from a hacked company – it might be fraudsters are exploiting the breached data to trick you into handing over additional sensitive information.

At the time of writing there is no visible acknowledgement of the security breach on Zoosk’s website.


Graham Cluley is an award-winning keynote speaker who has given presentations around the world about cybersecurity, hackers, and online privacy. A veteran of the computer security industry since the early 1990s, he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows, makes regular media appearances, and is the co-host of the popular "Smashing Security" podcast. Follow him on Twitter, Mastodon, Threads, Bluesky, or drop him an email.

4 comments on “Hacking group puts millions of Zoosk dating profiles up for sale”

  1. FRANCINE

    what the fk is going on today that people like this are hacking accounts?, how do I cancel my Zoosk account?, how can I find out if it is being used?, as I have not been near this account in such a long time, please advise as to what can do to protect my id, Thank you, Francine, stay safe, keep the hackers off our space.

  2. Will

    I had someone hack into my account and buy premium with their card? Why would they do this?

  3. Kyle

    Zoosk or a hacker has got a picture
    Of mine with some bare info and made a profile of me on zoosk. Can they do that? I've never even looked at the site I was on plenty of fish like 8 yrs ago.

    I really need to find out before my girlfriend breaks up with me

    1. Graham CluleyGraham Cluley · in reply to Kyle

      Sounds like you need to reach out to Zoosk and ask them for an explanation.

      https://www.zoosk.com/contactinfo

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