Users of UK online dating website Guardian Soulmates have reportedly been receiving "sexually explicit" spam emails featuring private information taken from their personal account profiles, in what has been blamed on human error by a third-party company.
The unauthorised exposure is not believed to be the work of hackers.
The data was leaked thanks to ‘human error’, the publisher of the newspaper noted, and it wasn’t the fault of a Guardian employee, but rather a third-party technology provider.
No more details were supplied about the source of the data spillage, but The Guardian confirmed that the problem no longer exists, as you would hope.
The company also highlighted that no personal data such as credit card details or dates of birth were compromised.
The firm also confirmed email addresses and user IDs were likely to have been exposed, admitting these could be used to locate other publicly available profiles and photographs, physical descriptions and relationship preferences.
This information can then be used to send targeted phishing emails, cybersecurity experts warned.
Farmers Guardian Rural Partners is run by Venntro Media Group Ltd., a company specialising in the development of online dating websites for the singles community.
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