A new dating app made specifically for Trump supporters inadvertently leaked its user database on the same day as its launch, Tech Crunch reported on Monday.
The app DonaldDaters, launched for both Android and Apple devices, was aimed at making it easier for conservatives to meet and date. It was released on Monday and marketed as an “American-based singles community connecting lovers, friends, and Trump supporters alike,” The Hill reports.
According to the Tech Crunch report, a French security researcher managed to download the data of all 1,600 users of the app, which included their names, profile pictures as well as private messages and tokens that can be used to take over the app’s accounts. The security researcher, Elliot Alderson, then shared the database with the site to demonstrate how vulnerable the DonaldDaters app is.
Alderson further shared a video on Twitter with the message, “I made a small proof of concept to show how the database of the Donald Daters app is vulnerable. With this POC I can: see all private messages, see all user info, delete what I want: a message, a user, the all database.”
The tech outlet added that the users’ data was also made public through an exposed Firebase data repository hardcoded in the app. After it reported the leak to the makers of the app, the data was taken offline. Before releasing the app, DonaldDaters claimed their security measures were strong and users’ data was “kept private.”
In marketing its app, the founder of DonaldDaters said Monday it was “nearly impossible” for young conservatives and Trump supporters to date.
“Support for the President has become a dealbreaker instead of an icebreaker,” she said. “That’s why we created a new platform for Trump supporters to meet people without being afraid of talking politics.”