DHS Warns of Cyber Heartbreak


Fraudulent dating and relationship apps and websites raise the risks for those seeking online romance on Valentine’s Day.

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is joining the Valentine’s Day celebration by reminding people that it’s not true love if they ask for money. In a bulletin released earlier today, the agency counsels caution and skepticism over romance and recklessness when it comes to online dating and relationships.

CISA’s warning has been amplified by Kaspersky’s findings this week of malicious files that have mimicked the names and designs of more than 20 legitimate dating services.

According to the researchers, they have identified more than 1,900 unique files spread in 2019 that masqueraded as legitimate dating and relationship apps. Two-thirds of the total (1,262 files) posed as Tinder. Kaspersky warns that activity around these fraudulent dating site file typically skyrockets in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day.

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