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Russell was 40 and going through a divorce, so he wasn't seeking anything serious. Shortly after creating his account, he got an alert that one of them had viewed his profile. In order to see more details and contact her, he had to buy credits.
The hacker claiming responsibility, who goes by the handle ROR[RG], posted several spreadsheets detailing the data records of more than 3.5 million users.
According to PC World, the leaked information was first identified on the dark web in March.
Channel 4 reported that within hours of the data being posted online, hackers began swarming to buy email addresses to target with them phishing scams.
One victim told the station he'd already been hit with virus-laden emails.