Dating Website For Trump Fans Accidentally Leaks Users’ Private Information 😬

While it may come as a surprise to many that there’s a dating app exclusively for supporters of Donald Trump, it probably won’t surprise anyone to learn that so far, it’s been a complete disaster.

Donald Daters, which promises to “Make America date again”, offers a sanctuary for like minded Trump supporters who have been scorned by the rest of the dating world. 

“Many on the Left chose party over love,” the site reads, “stopping any date if the other user is a supporter of our president.”

With only 1,600 registered users though, dating opportunities are pretty rare, and the recent discovery of a gaping security flaw only means more bad news for Trump loving singles. 

After Fox News did a story about the app, security researcher Baptiste Robert, who goes by  Elliot Alderson on Twitter, decided to look into it. On Monday he posted his discovery of a mis-configured database that created a serious vulnerability and leaked user data. With a little effort, Robert had gained access to users’ names, photos, personal messages, and the tokens to “steal their session” which would allow him to log in as any of the app’s users.

As damaging as the discovery of the security issues was for the app, it only got more embarrassing from there. According to Rober,  only 1.600 people had signed up for the service, and almost no one was talking to each other. 

Even worse, the app asks users to sign in with Facebook and gathers data about the user, their friends, and their mutual friends. Although the app informs users it does this, developers also made no attempt to secure the IDs and keys that authenticate the apps access to user profiles on sites like Facebook. 

Oddly, the app warned users about this as well, saying “We do not promise, and you should not expect, that your personal information, or searches, or other information will always remain secure.”

After the discovery Emily Moreno, CEO of DonaldDaters, released a statement about the app’s security vulnerabilities:

“We have taken swift and decisive action to remedy the mistake and make all possible efforts to prevent this from happening again.  We are also taking immediate steps to engage a leading, independent cybersecurity firm to pressure test the system to ensure it is secure against other vulnerabilities.

 As you know, we are under the microscope like no one else because of a bigger problem infecting American politics: Trump supporters face extreme hostility wherever they go – whether they’re at a restaurant or on an online dating app.”

After hearing about the data leaks, Twitter couldn’t help but laugh at how awful the app’s security was. 

And plenty on Twitter seemed more than happy throwing Trump supporters to the digital wolves. 

Although the data leak is bad news for lonely Trump supporters looking for love, it just might have saved everyone else for a far worse fate. 

H/T – Indy100, Mashable