If you are one of the users of the popular dating app, Tinder, beware. Researchers from the cybersecurity firm Checkmarx have identified security flaws in Tinder’s iOS and Android apps.
As per the reserchers, the vulnerabilities allow hackers to see what profile a person is looking at and how the user reacts to the image – swipe right to approve or swipe left to reject.
However, the reserchers added that the personal information in the app are encrypted and hence are not at risk.
They added that the flaw isn’t exclusive to Tinder and can be seen in other apps too.
“The vulnerabilities, found in both the app’s Android and iOS versions, allow an attacker using the same network as the user to monitor the user’s every move on the app. It is also possible for an attacker to take control over the profile pictures the user sees, swapping them for inappropriate content, rogue advertising or other type of malicious content,” said Checkmarx.
“While no credential theft and no immediate financial impact are involved in this process, an attacker targeting a vulnerable user can blackmail the victim, threatening to expose highly private information from the user’s Tinder profile and actions in the app,” it warned.