The details have emerged following a report by security company Trend Micro, dubbed "Sextortion in the Far East." Trend Micro says that fraudsters first talk to people on dating sites, but then ask their victims to move the conversation over to Skype, or other external communication platforms.
The hackers then feign issues with sound or the video and tell their victims to download a custom app to their smartphones, which they assure them will help.
Sam is best known for creating the largest computer virus to date via My Space and applied his algorithmic formula to dating profiles.
More cyber criminals are turning to online dating websites to take advantage of individuals searching for that special someone. One in 10 Americans have used an online dating site or application, according to Pew Research.Here’s Amy’s 10 rules for online dating (along with a bit of personal experience): 1. Keep your words positive, inspiring and optimistic. I’ve never been good at talking about myself.” If you’re not a good writer, figure out the keywords and points you need to make, then ask a friend to help you out. Photos should focus on your waist up, unless you have a great figure. It’s possible to be generic about what you like while still being specific enough to sound interesting. Unless that comedian is one of your deal-breakers, leave him or her off your profile. Perhaps you are an avid NRA member, are passionately Pro-Choice, or a strong advocate for medical marijuana—you may want to leave out things that someone could potentially interpret that information in a way that disadvantages you. If you’ve won a Pulitzer or climbed Mount Everest or for some reason own a jet, this is wonderful news—just don’t share it online. If someone instant messages you while you’re online, go ahead and IM back if you want.Be open about your hopes, dreams and passions and keep things that may be controversial to yourself (you can always reveal more later). Then it’s OK to include one or two full-body shots in your gallery. If you want to use humor, write whatever you’re planning to say down and show it to some friends or coworkers first. With your tone of voice and inflection, it may be hilarious—but out of your friend’s mouth it may fall flat or even be offensive. Odds are you may turn off more people than you attract. These are the types of details to work into a conversation on your first or second date. Be mindful while flirting online, since it’s easy to sound too aggressive too soon. When writing an email or text message, as a general rule only say things you’d feel comfortable and natural saying in person. Otherwise, wait 20 to 23 hours between e-mail contacts for the first few messages. Avoid sending any messages while most people are sleeping, even if you’re wide awake. Buy Webb’s book Data, A Love Story for the full download.Officials at Include Security told CNBC they alerted Tinder to the location vulnerability and that the issue had been fixed in December.In a statement emailed to CNBC this week, Tinder's co-founder and CEO Sean Rad said after learning about the vulnerability, "Tinder implemented specific measures to enhance location security and further obscure location data," adding, "Our users' privacy and security continue to be our highest priority." Threat Metrix's Faulkner said while location-based social networks and dating sites are all the rage, they pose risks.