Millions of people who use the dating app Coffee Meets Bagel woke up on Valentine's Day to some unsetting news: their personal information had been compromised. Coffee Meets Bagel reported a massive data breach affecting "approximately" six million users Thursday. That news of the hack just so happened to coincide with Valentine's Day is a fittingly cruel twist for the service that purports to be about making "authentic connections. If they don't feel safe, they won't share themselves authentically or make meaningful connections," the company said in a statement. Coffee Meets Bagel sent out emails alerting users of the data breach Thursday morning, saying it first learned of the hack just days before. As a reminder, we never store any financial information or passwords.
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Above: Coffee Meets Bagel's new commenting feature allows you to message someone before connecting. Coffee Meets Bagel is getting a redesign and adding a new comment feature as the battle continues among dating apps to prove who makes the best matches. Co-CEO and cofounder Dawoon Kang told VentureBeat in a phone interview that the redesign comes after the company conducted an extensive user study earlier this year, surveying 1, of its users. People are tired of spending time on something that gets them nothing. So Coffee Meets Bagel is adding a feature that will allow a user to send a message to a potential match before he or she likes their profile. Competing dating app Hinge also has a similar feature.
Over 6 million Coffee Meets Bagel dating app accounts affected by leak of user details
Coffee Meets Bagel is a well-designed free app great for people seeking meaningful relationships. Setting up a profile took our testers about 10 minutes, which was average among the dating services we tested. This entailed answering some questions about physical appearance, writing six brief phrases about yourself and then writing out three things you want in a date. A Facebook account is required to set up an account, as well as a cell phone number. Coffee Meets Bagel uses your Facebook friends to improve your matches because, according to their website, relationships are more likely to succeed if the two people have a mutual friend.
Coffee Meets Bagel users may decide to break up with the dating app this Valentine's Day. Romance-seekers using the app received an email early Thursday warning them that data from their accounts may have been "acquired by an unauthorized party. The compromised information includes only names and email addresses shared with the app before May , according to the email.