Iranian hackers leak data from Israeli LGBTQ dating apps


Iranian hackers leak private messages and sensitive data from 690,000 Israeli LGBTQ dating apps Atraf Users after million dollar ransom denied.

An Iranian hacking group has been refuse her ransom note worth around $ 1 million, after which she released sensitive private data of countless users of Atraf, an Israeli LGBTQ dating site.

The group, known as Black Shadow, obtained the data after they hacked an Israeli hosting service called CyberServe, and the company refused to pay the ransom.

What happened?

According to Jerusalem post, Black Shadow published personal information about 1,000 users of the Atraf app and tens of thousands of users of other Israeli websites that the group had previously hacked because the company failed to respond to their request to $ 1 million.

48 hours finished! Nobody sends us money. This is not the end, we have no more planThe group said.

What data were exposed?

Apparently, Black Shadow first hacked CyberServe, which hosts the servers of Atraf and other affected sites. Atraf, a Hebrew word for insanity, is a Tel Aviv-based gay dating site launched in 2002.

The hackers then posted alleged screenshots of a representative agreeing to pay them $ 500,000. However, CyberServe has denied having this agreement with the hackers.

Subsequently, Black Shadow disclosed detailed medical records from an Israeli hospital, the Machon Mor Institute, exposing the records of 290,000 patients. The data exposed included:

  • CT scans
  • Blood tests
  • Treatments
  • Ultrasounds
  • Vaccination
  • Colonoscopies

Then the group downloaded information from the dating app, which included ticket purchases, members’ names, HIV status (in some cases), location, and private chats. They also threatened the company with exposing information on 50 Israeli celebrities and leaking their videos.

However, Atraf did not oblige. Currently, the Atraf app and website are both offline. The data was then leaked on the group’s official website and on the Telegram channel. According to Hackread.com analysis, the full set of leaks Atraf the data includes:

  • ID
  • Interests
  • Nickname
  • Usernames
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses (691,000)
  • Plain text passwords

One of the leaked files also included payment card data such as CVV codes, card type, and expiration data in plain text. However, no card number was found.

Screenshot of the leaked data (Image: Hackread.com)

It should be noted that Black Shadow is the same group that hacked Israeli insurance company Shirbit in December 2020. The group also leaked sensitive company and customer data online.

As for the latest hack, Atraf posted an article on Facebook explaining that he contacted government authorities and considered it an attempt at blackmail.

“We have alerted authorities in the State of Israel to the hackers’ intention to release the recordings and demanded the immediate deletion of the Telegram accounts. The motive of the terrorist group is not economic but national, so we follow the directives of the [National Cyber Directorate]Read the messages.

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