Initially he claimed that he received 40 million accounts, but some of the accounts belonged to bots that he rooted out He told Motherboard Vice that Mate1has lax security that does not require users to log into their email to authenticate the sign-up process, which means that anyone can log onto the website, start an account and make a dating profile with an email address that doesn't belong to them or even exist, similar to the accounts seen during the Ashley Madison extra-marital affairs website data breach.A vast majority of the email addresses being used were Gmail accounts, and the hacker says that Mate1 does not store passwords with any kind of hashing for encryption, so if you say that you have forgotten your password, it will be sent to the corresponding email in plain text.It is not known how much the hacker eventually sold the data for, although he was offering it on the forum for 20 Bitcoins (,600, £6,121).

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He is a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization, and an advisor to Startup Entrepreneurs.

He is an avid skier and plays offence on the Mate1 ball hockey team.

Our various backgrounds and perspectives are a large part of what makes Mate1unique. She launched it as a lean start-up in 2003, when online dating was still a relatively new concept.

She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Mc Gill University, where she edited the Mc Gill Tribune.

It seems that Mate1's security isn't as good as other online dating services, but the real danger here is that the same users could be logging in to other important services using the same username and password, and the data breach would mean that hackers could attempt to compromise those accounts too, besides spying on the personal details and private information shared by those looking for love.

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The majority of our operations are run out of our Montreal location, with a satellite office in Victoria, BC.

We’re a growing company with the soul of a start-up.

If you are on a personal connection, like at home, you can run an anti-virus scan on your device to make sure it is not infected with malware.

If you are at an office or shared network, you can ask the network administrator to run a scan across the network looking for misconfigured or infected devices.

He graduated with a degree in History from the University of Toronto and will soon begin his Executive MBA at The Richard Ivey School of Business.