‘Donald Daters’ app experiences data breach on launch day, and that’s not the only issue.
It’s tough to be a Donald Trump supporter in today’s political climate. Appointed officials are being chased out of restaurants by protestors, alt-right members are being punched, and now, fans of the president who are simply looking for love without having to navigate the treacherous liberal waters have just had their personal information and private messages accessed by a security researcher.
A dating app for Donald Trump supporters called Donald Daters, created by former GOP campaign staffer Emily Moreno, was breached by a security researcher who found a database containing the entire trove of users’ personal data.
Baptiste Robert, the researcher who found the names, profile pictures, and even potential tokens that allow anyone to log into someone’s account and read or post their personal messages, attributes it more to ignorance of how to configure a secure data base than any malicious cyberthreat. TechCrunch reportedly reached out to the developer about the compromised database, and it was taken offline.
Unfortunately, that seems to be the least of the app’s problems at this point.
While the website claims that the app is free to use and gives you up to 25 possible “matches” per day, the reality may be a little “alternative facts.” For starters, there are less than 2,000 enrolled users, and given that a percentage of those users will not be the gender users are looking for, the potential pool is really limited; it won’t take long to exhaust those free matches.
Moreover, the in-app purchases require a $29.99 per month fee for premium access, as well as the option to purchase “donald credits” (lowercase name intentional, as the developers list it that way in Apple’s App Store) to unlock other unexplained services.
The final blow might be the early reviews of the app, namely that it doesn’t function well and (possibly worse) only provides matches that are males. That’s great if that’s what you wanted when you signed up, but not so great if you’re looking for the future Mrs. Right-wing.
Other news outlets who’ve contacted DonaldDaters.com for comment on the breach have not been successful in receiving a response.