Grindr is claiming that only a handful of users were affected by the hacker’s website, which allowed users to impersonate other users, troll through their pictures, and change their profiles.
A Grindr spokesperson told Stuff.con.nz that the hacker’s site “primarily impacted a very small percentage of our total Australian Grindr users and it remains shut down. Contrary to some unfounded speculation, we have no indication that any large number of photos were intercepted—in fact, we have received no specific user reports of interceptions.”
The hacker, who was under 18, could face up to two years of jail time if anyone came forward with a formal complaint.
According to Stuff, a user who was hacked last July claims he informed Grindr of the problem only to be met with advisories to just update his software: “I didn’t feel that the response was adequate or that they were taking it very seriously at all,” he said.
Security experts claimed that the hacking was laughably easy, so if he’d launched a larger-scale operation the hacker probably could’ve done a lot more damage than just exposing a hundred or fewer profiles.
Seems to us that Grindr and its CEO, Joel Simkhai (left), got off easy here, too.