Tag: online dating

Dating in Texas just got harder

A court has ruled that the University of Texas can block online dating e-mails that came from a local internet vendor. Nice move, according to the dozens of introverted morons who couldn’t get a date (even from an online site), and took to complaining instead.

Of course, UT sold the addresses to the service, and then decided to block the solicitations, which I say is a great way to make money…not! It begs the question as to whether other educational institutions are up to the same shenanigans, but at least now we know there is some legal precedent to stand behind them if they are.

eGreetings and more

Blue Mountain, the online greeting card company, sold for hundreds of millions, and everyone loved getting their product. I doubt anyone thought those cute little dancing greetings would become such a nightmare. Yes, I have talked about these things several times before (see here and here), but I am not trying to harp on the issue. There is a point here, and it is based on trends.

I think the next place malfeasance is going to rear its ugly head is in popular services such as Evite. Seemingly innocent, revolve around fun, and preying on the fact that so many folks rely on online elements for organizing their social lives. I could reach further by saying that Match.com, eHarmony and the rest of the online dating services might not be far behind either, due to the sheer numbers using the services (giving spammers potential similar to blanket sending of financial services phishing lures much like getting a Washington Mutual security notice when you know you don’t have an account there).

Then again, I could be completely off base, since I don’t use any of those services (I am not afraid of picking up the phone, and like my social schedule planted firmly in my notebook’s calendar), so I am not sure what types of security measures they take. Nor have I figured out what some bad hacker stands to gain, other than trashing someone’s computer. Any thoughts?

Man found desperate for a date

A 37 year old man was arrested on suspicion of hacking into an online dating site, and then, as far as the authorities know, tried to extort money to give up his hacking secrets. Hmm.
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