Biderman said Ashley Madison officials noticed a sudden spike in Web traffic within minutes of Marge logging onto “” “When we see an anomalous spike we try and identify where it came from: was it marketing, media coverage or something else?
We looked at what was on TV at that moment and it seemed to us to be very attributable to “The Simpsons,’” he said.
But rather than make money from a horde of $5 fees, he told me that his goal is instead to create awareness that this data can be mined in a short amount of time and to have Tinder respond by making it private as quickly as possible.“A lot of people are going to be like ‘WHAT! “I think the positive outcome [is that] a company is going to be protective of its users.
,’ and hopefully a lot of people are going to be more careful, and Tinder is going to say we have to XYZ to protect our A. We’re expecting it to be quite impactful, and a lot more people will realize what kind of data they have online.”A Tinder spokeswoman said in a statement that “searchable information on the Web site is public information that Tinder users have on their profiles.
For a $5 fee, users can input into a search field the first name, age, and location of anyone whom they want to check up on. It is common among technology companies to have open A. I.s, so other companies can build ancillary products around their core experience.) Then the site displays the users who fit those criteria, allowing users to see their photos, when they logged on, and whether they are seeking out men or women.
Swipe Buster subsequently retrieves the data from Tinder’s application programming interface, or A. I., which holds all of this information about its users. Tinder has long been plagued by murmurs that it facilitated cheating.
Biderman, who has been dubbed the King of Infidelity, said that he was glad that Marge didn’t cheat.
The online dating industry is a .1 billion business, with niche dating sites claiming more and more of that market share.Selling out cheaters for seems like a smart—if somewhat slimy—way to make a buck.But the man who dreamed up Swipe Buster, a software marketing employee who wishes to remain anonymous, had a different goal in mind.“There is too much data about people that people themselves don’t know is available,” he told me over the phone.He is a newlywed who said he has never been cheated on.But in high school, he said he was always the guy people would share their secrets with, and he often heard about his classmates’s infidelities. Thanks to a crop of niche dating websites, you can find your ideal mate based on very specific criteria.