Anyone who is a beautiful person and a current member of the elite dating site BeautifulPeople.com could find that their sensitive personal data has been released by hackers on the internet and is up for sale.
The BeautifulPeople.com dating site brags that it offers "online dating for beautiful people only" and attracted criticism when it launched by controversially banning any users that are deemed to have "let themselves go" or were too "ugly" for the website's standards.
On their website, the description reads, "BeautifulPeople.com is the largest internet dating community exclusively for the beautiful. Members rate new applicants over a 48 hour period based on whether or not they find the applicant 'beautiful'."
BeautifulPeople dating site #hacked. 1.1 million names of "beautiful" members are on sale on the Internet https://t.co/BWdhyDrYS8
— Hasan Alemdar (@alemdarh) April 26, 2016
According to the Guardian, there's a certain "schadenfreude" (pleasure derived by someone from another person's misfortune) to the news of the hacking of the gorgeous singles website and that many people not considered beautiful enough to register might find the whole thing rather funny and ironic. However, they also pointed out that people should be concerned, as this kind of hack could happen to anyone, anywhere on the internet.
Reportedly, in this case, hackers have released the personal details of some 1.1 million users on the website that claims to only accept beautiful people. Reportedly, the sensitive information that has been released includes full names, sexual preferences and physical attributes, car ownership statuses, email addresses, personal interests, along with education and income details of the website's beautiful subscribers. The data also reportedly gives details of website activity by each user.
Even worse, according to a report by the Mirror, leaked data shows that British singles are reportedly not attractive.
One user apparently sent a shocking message to another about the attractiveness of U.K. singles, saying, "I didn't even think to look for a better photo because the Brits, on average, are some ugly motherf*****s."
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Reportedly, the leaked data has been uploaded to the HaveIBeenPwned.com website created by Microsoft security developer Troy Hunt to assist hacking victims. Through this site, concerned users can check to find out what, if any, personal information about them is out there in the public eye on the World Wide Web.
According to a report by the International Business Times, anyone who is worried can use a quick search tool on the website to check if their account has been compromised and can register via a verified email address to access the private section of HaveIBeenPwned.com that is currently hosting the leaked data.
BeautifulPeople data leak reveals claim that Brits are 'ugly motherf*****s' https://t.co/k4v7z54EEm pic.twitter.com/YhI7VVvaoG
— MirrorTech (@MirrorTech) April 26, 2016
The same database also contains details from previous large hacks and leaks, including the hack that targeted the adultery dating website Ashley Maddison back in August 2015, which affected some 39 million users.
Reportedly, BeautifulPeople.com has notified all their members who were affected by the website breach, which apparently happened back in November last year. According to their statement, the leaked data was from before July 2015 and fortunately did not include user passwords or the more sensitive credit card information. However, on the HaveIBeenPwned.com website, user passwords were included in the list of hacked data.
However, the elite dating site did state that sensitive information, including the affected member's ownership of a house or a car, their geographical location, personal interests, drinking and smoking habits, and beauty ratings by other members and other data was released.