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Hackers claim to have leaked details of LGBTQ dating site members

Participants fly an Israeli and pride flag at demonstration in Tel Aviv on July 22, 2018, to protest a new surrogacy law that does not include gay couples. (AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ)
Participants fly an Israeli and pride flag at demonstration in Tel Aviv on July 22, 2018, to protest a new surrogacy law that does not include gay couples. (AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ)

Hackers associated with the Black Shadow group say they have released the full user data of Israeli users of the Atraf gay dating site after their demand for $1 million went unanswered.

On its Telegram group, Black Shadow releases a file it says contains the full database of users from the site, including those who revealed their HIV status.

The hackers, believed to be linked to Iran, demanded on Sunday a ransom payment of $1 million in digital currency to stop the leak. The Black Shadow hacking group said in a statement that it was “looking for money” and would not leak further information if the ransom was paid within 48 hours.

The group said the database of the Atraf website, a geo-located dating service and nightlife index whose app and website are popular in the Israeli LGBT community, contained information on some one million people.

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