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The Internet didn’t actually make it easier for lonely single people to meet people they want to be in relationships with, it just made it easier for them to learn how hard it is to land yourself a happy relationship.

That’s basically the unspoken subtext of everything from relatively hip sites like OKCupid and Tinder to mature-daters fare and e Harmony–they’re basically just a giant catalog full of people you’re not gonna end up in a relationship with.

A painstaking account-by-account analysis of a random selection of more than 300 records suggested that this was live user data. Many did not respond but a few did -- whose names we won't publish. In total, five people confirmed that the data we provided them was associated with their accounts, but not all could recall exactly when they signed up for the service.

(One said that they signed up through an i Phone app back in May.) "I remember signing up for something like that thinking it was similar to Tinder, but quickly realized it's not really the same. It's very alarming to me that they stored that stuff in an unsecured database without a password," said one user.

These guys have have tens of millions of users each…and that’s just the beginning.

"The data leak was from one of our test databases, the majority of data were dummy data and were randomly generated, and the vulnerability was immediately remediated," he added.

Personal data from more than 1.5 million users of a dating site network that encourages its members to "have a fling" and "have an affair" has been found online.

The database, run by C&Z Tech Limited, a New Zealand-based dating company that runs a number of websites and mobile apps, like That data includes usernames and email addresses, passwords (stored in plain text), gender, dates of birth, profile photos, the country of residence. "In a relationship but need someone extra," said another.

I recently spent some time working with one of the founders of 7pm Anywhere about activating new customers.

Having never used online dating before I was extremely interested as Amir talked me through his competition, their business models and how they operated.

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