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Grindr vulnerability left millions of accounts open to hijacking

October 5, 2020

We all know that software vulnerabilities are a common issue plaguing apps on every platform imaginable. Things get a tad more complicated when we’re talking about sensitive apps like Grindr, for example. A French security researcher named Wassime Bouimadaghene found a critical vulnerability in the dating app, which allows hackers to easily hijack accounts simply by using victims’ email.

Wassime tried to file a ticket on Grindr’s support page but it was subsequently deleted. The Frenchman then contacted two other security researchers in order to shine a light on the issue. It was only after one of them (Troy Hunt) posted about the problem on Twitter that Grindr’s own security team got involved.

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