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Most dating apps limit searches to specific areas, and you have to match with someone who also ‘swiped right’ or ‘liked’ you.
That meant we also had to like profiles of potentially real people.
The honeyprofiles were created with specific areas of potential interest: medical admins near hospitals, military personnel near bases, etc.
Profiles with specific job titles naturally attracted more attention.
We also had our fair share of cheesy pickup lines and honest, good people connecting with us, but we never got a targeted attack. Perhaps no campaigns were active on the online dating networks and areas we chose during our research.
This isn’t to say though that this couldn’t happen or isn’t happening—we know that it’s technically (and definitely) possible.
We then created profiles in various industries across different regions.Location can be placed right on the target company’s address, setting the radius for matching profiles as small as possible.Conversely, we were able to find a given profile’s corresponding identity outside the online dating network through classic Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) profiling. Many were just too eager to share more sensitive information than necessary (a goldmine for attackers).This led to some interesting scenarios: sitting at home at night with our families while casually liking every single new profile in range (yes, we have very understanding partners).We also employed a few house rules for our research—play hard to get, but be open-minded: The goal was to familiarize ourselves to the quirks of each online dating network.