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Russian gay dating app hacked by homophobes
Feb04

Russian gay dating app hacked by homophobes

LAST UPDATED // Tuesday, 04 February 2014 12:00 Written by // Cec Busby

According to reports on the Towelroad,  Hunters, a Russian gay dating app similar to Grindr has been hacked to display a threat to users.

Dmitry T, the founder and CEO of Hunters, told the Towelroad the app was hacked to deliver an anonymous threat to users that they would be arrested. The app is also now blocked for use in Sochi.

On February 2, Dimitry reported that users of the app in Sochi were greeted with an alert that their profile was blocked for the next 38 days. He said he also discovered 72,000  user profiles had been deleted.

“Our team was able to restore 24% of the profiles after 12 long hours. All other profiles were unable to be restored. In order to protect our users from future injustice, we have started moving our servers from Russia to Europe and are planning to finish this process within the next 3-5 days. Therefore, Hunters users may face further disruptions in the coming days.” Dimitry told the Towelroad.

He urged LGBTI people to boycott Russian products and anything related to teh Sochi Olympics.

“This attack should be looked at as an attack on the worldwide gay community with the goal of blocking any gay interactions during the Winter Games in Sochi, including those between athletes and locals.

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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