Watch out that you don't get lured by some cute topless bloke. It might not be who you think it is.
Overrun by spambots, gay dating app Grindr to end anonymous signups | The Verge
Earlier this year, users of the popular gay hookup and dating app Grindr started seeing a sharp increase in the number of attractive men saying hello to them. Handsome, muscled, and stripped to the...
Earlier this year, users on Grindr started seeing a sharp increase in the number of attractive men saying hello to them. Handsome, muscled, and stripped to the waist, the men introduced themselves with a handful of stock greetings. "Poke." "Hey buddy." "Hey sexy." Say hello back and they’ll respond with a quick story about how incredibly frisky they are feeling. It seems that they have just gotten home from the gym, and are about to remove all their clothing. Perhaps you’d be up for a quick video chat?
In this case, what might seem too good to be true actually is. Some of the most provocative profiles on Grindr aren’t men at all, but spambots designed to lure credulous users into turning over their credit-card information. The links all point to questionable webcam sites with names like MyPassionPit, MyGayCamCrush and GaySliceCrush. After dropping a link to those sites in a Grindr chat, the spambot ceases responding, except to ask why you haven’t joined him yet.
The Grindr spambots manage to contact users from 6,000 to 7,000 miles away from the United States. They also figured out a way to circumvent Grindr’s blocking technology, hounding users with an additional invitation to join the webcam chat even after the user blocked the bot. (A bug fix in April appears to have ended that particular problem, at least for now.)