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Hook-up app Jack'd bought by Scruff following data breach

The app leaked millions of user's nude photos online

2019-07-11

Words: Steve Brown

Hook-up app Jack’d has been bought by Scruff following nude leak scandal.

Back in February, the US-based app was made aware that millions of nudes had been leaked around three months ago but failed to fix the problem.

Luckily, there doesn’t seem to be anyway of connecting the pictures to individual accounts, but the tech site suggests that location data and other meta data about users may also be publicly available.

The app allows users to upload and send NSFW pictures to those they have spoken with but now it’s has been reported that due to a security flaw, the images can be accessed by anyone with a web browser.

And just weeks after the app agreed to pay a $240,000 settlement following the data breach, Scruff – another gay hook-up app – has acquired Jack’d.

Although Jack’d “will continue to operate as a stand-alone app to ensure that it remains a distinct and supportive space”, it will be move its privacy standards in line with that of Scruff.

Scruff’s US-based parent company Perry Street Software CEO Eric Silverberg said in a release: “This acquisition will provide Jack’d members with the same combination of technology and active moderation we have developed at SCRUFF, so that the Jack’d community members will be protected against harassment, spam bots, scammers, and risks while travelling.

“Perry Street Software will work with Jack’d members to create a platform that enables them to create authentic connections on their own terms, whether they are looking for friends, dates, a hookup, or more.

“We recognise that the growth Jack’d experienced in building its app created some technical and logistical growing pains, and we are eager through this acquisition to provide Jack’d members with a much improved software experience.”