Specifically, he was looking through the default port designated for Mongo DB, a type of database-management software that, until a recent update, had blank default credentials.
If someone using Mongo DB didn’t bother to set-up their own password they would be vulnerable to anyone just passing through.“A database came up called, I believe, Beautiful People. One of those was called Beautiful People, and then it had an accounts table that had 1.2 million entries in it,” says Vickery.
"We're scooping up these people and offering them a glimmer of hope," he said, "in many cases their first and only opportunity of meeting a member of the opposite sex." I wouldn't take him too seriously, though.
The tone on The Ugly Bug Ball is definitely flippant and probably half-joking.
The personal data of 1.1 million members is currently for sale on the black market, after hackers took it from an insecure database.
Last December, security researcher Chris Vickery made a curious discovery while browsing through Shodan, a search engine that lets people look for internet-connected devices.
Of course, women of all races have to deal with BS online. But women of color lack that extra race-based privilege, which can cause some mind-bogglingly stupid reactions from people in the online dating world."As a plus-size black woman attempting to find a suitable mate or at least a date, the results can be pretty sad," Christian S., 30, a Dallas, Texas-based fitness blogger and the creator of The Plush Cyclist, tells SELF.
She's tried out Tinder, Plenty of Fish, Ok Cupid, and
You should really, instead, play up to whatever it is that makes you different, even if you think that some people will find it unattractive," she says.
For its part, Beautiful People has attempted to explain away the breach by saying it only affected a “test server,” as opposed to one in use for production, but that’s a meaningless distinction, says Vickery.“It makes no effing difference in the world,” says Vickery.
“If it’s real data that’s in a test server, then it might as well be a production server.”If you were a Beautiful People member before last Christmas—the vulnerability was addressed on Dec. You can check for sure at Have IBeen Pwned, a site operated by security researcher Troy Hunt.
Ok Cupid's cofounder Christian Rudder, who graduated with a degree in mathematics from Harvard, has been collecting data on the site's users for almost a decade and using it to study user behavior.
His findings indicate that how attractive you are doesn't dictate how popular you are, and having people think you're ugly can actually work to your advantage.
The site launched in 2013 and has a network of 20,000 singles and counting.