Topface Chief Executive Dmitry Filatov said the company located the hacker, who had published ads to sell the data but had not actually sold them. “Wehave paid him anaward for finding avulnerability and agreed on further cooperation inthe field ofdata security,” Filatov said in an email on Friday, declining to disclose the size of the reward. Topface says it has some 92 million users and 1.6 million daily visitors. Cybersecurity experts typically advise companies not to pay hackers to return stolen data, calling that a ransom and saying cyber criminals often break promises. But Filatov noted that the ads have already been removed and Topface has agreed not to pursue charges against the unidentified individual. “As we made an agreement with him we do not see any reason for him to break it,” said Filatov. Atlanta-based fraud protection firm Easy Solutions disclosed the hack on dating Sunday, reporting on its blog that a hacker known as “Mastermind” was attempting to sell 20 million credentials for an unnamed dating site.
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