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The social networking site LinkedIn said Wednesday it is looking into reports that 6.5 million user passwords have been leaked.
“Our team continues to investigate, but at this time, we’re still unable to confirm that any security breach has occurred,” the company said on its Twitter feed.
The breach was first reported by the Norweigan IT website Dagens IT, claiming that 6.5 million encrypted passwords had been posted to a Russian hacker site, according to The Next Web.
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For years, online dating sites have promised that their almighty algorithms could turn strangers into soulmates.
But recent research suggests that their love-engineering is about as foolproof as flirting with random people at a bar, and a new breed of dating sites are using social networks, rather than science, to help singles find romance.
Online dating services such as theComplete.me and Circl.es are looping singles’ friends into the matchmaking process in an effort to connect people to each other’s acquaintances and keep suitors from weaving the kind of elaborate fictions that characterize many profiles on traditional dating sites.
“Facebook has created a shift from online dating to social dating,” said online dating expert Julie Spira. “Facebook technically could be the world’s largest dating site. And if you look at these new players, they’re taking advantage of the fact that they have this fabulous universe of people.”