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The company behind Tinder says its dating services are 'frequently under attack'

Because no site is ever truly safe.

Tinder is one of Match.com's services, which allows users to match by swiping right.
Tinder is one of Match.com's services, which allows users to match by swiping right.
Image: Tsering Topgyal/AP

THE COMPANY BEHIND popular dating services like Tinder and OkCupid has stated it’s the target of numerous attacks.

In documents filed ahead of its plan to become a public company, it highlights some risks to its services like how competitive the dating industry is, but what might be worrying to users of the above services is its concerns with cyber attacks and that it’s constantly under threat.

“We are frequently under attack by perpetrators of random or targeted malicious technology-related events”, reads the statement. “While we have invested heavily in the protection of our systems and infrastructures and in related training, there can be no assurance that our efforts will prevent significant breaches in our systems or other such events from occurring.”

The concern also spreads to third-party services which it’s associated with too. Those who store users’ personal information on their servers could be under threat and if hackers targeted them and succeeded, it could expose information about millions of users.

The impact of cyber security events experienced by third parties with whom we do business (or upon whom we otherwise rely in connection with our day-to day operations) could have a similar effect on us. Moreover, even cyber or similar attacks that do not directly affect us or third parties with whom we do business may result in a loss of consumer confidence generally, which could make users less likely to use or continue to use our products.

Although these concerns aren’t surprising considering the numerous security incidents that occurred in recent times. The most high-profile example was the infidelity site Ashley Madison which saw hackers release the details of more than 32 million people a month after they stole it.

Others like the Sony hack last year saw private emails and documents leaked online, or iCloud where intimate images of numerous celebrities were taken and shared across the internet.

Read: Apple bans hundreds of iPhone apps that secretly spied on users >

Read: There’s a new kind of Facebook notification you’ll never want to see >

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