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[ISN] Love, hate and hackers: PlentyofFish boss stews after personal files stolen

From: InfoSec News <alerts_at_nospam>
Date: Tue Feb 01 2011 - 06:47:25 GMT

By Asher Moses
Sydney Morning Herald
February 1, 2011

It's one of the world's largest dating sites but its owner has just
discovered the relationship from hell. founder Markus Frind claims his site has been hacked
and he has been blackmailed. But the accused hacker, Chris Russo, says
it was merely a way of exposing bad security of personal information on
a dating site with almost 30 million global users, including about
350,000 monthly visitors in Australia.

It is not clear if Markus Frind has gone to police about the attack,
which Russo conducted after creating an account using his real name, but
Frind said he had contacted the 23-year-old Argentinian hacker's mother
- though why is unclear.

Frind wrote a long blog post in which he claims Russo initially tried to
blame the hack on Russian gangsters, who had taken over his computer and
wanted to "kill" him. Frind said Russo later demanded he pay him and a
partner hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for security advice.


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