Cybersecurity

Scarlet Widow: Anatomy of a romance-scam ring

Exploding heart on a computer screen
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A Nigeria-based romance-scam outfit, dubbed Scarlet Widow in a new report, has been bilking lonelyhearts of their savings since 2015.

Why it matters: In the abstract, people often dismiss email scams as a punchline they are somehow above. In truth, they are a billion-dollar crime paradigm preying on the gullible and savvy alike. And romance scams have particularly tragic dimensions.

Dating app Coffee Meets Bagel announces data breach

Coffee Meets Bagel app on a phone.
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Coffee Meets Bagel, a popular dating app, announced on Thursday — Valentine's Day — that an unauthorized party gained access earlier this week to a "partial list" of user details, including names and email addresses, per CNN's Donie O'Sullivan.

Why it matters: Although presumably users' financial information and passwords do not seem to be at risk in this breach, as the app said it doesn’t store either of these, dating apps run a risk of leaving users' most intimate communications vulnerable to privacy breaches.

Go deeper: Our Deep Dive on the future of dating

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