Beautiful People, which claims it is an “exclusively beautiful community” catering to elites, had a data breach five months ago, which the New York City-based company said was quickly patched.
But according to cybersecurity expert Troy Hunt, who spoke with in a statement that the breach only involves data that was entered to the website prior to mid-July 2015 and that affected users had already been notified.
But administrators have now shown that the rigorous 48-hour selection period is not a permanent pass by taking thousands of profiles down, mainly because of weight gain and “graceless ageing”.
Genevieve Hodge, who founded the website with her husband Greg, said: “This may sound harsh, and it is the most difficult part of managing the business.“We take no pleasure in removing members, but it is a necessary evil in order to maintain the beautiful community and our prized business model.”Her husband claimed the website had been “kind” in breaking the news to ditched people with emails encouraging them to apply again when they are “back looking their best”.
A dating site where current members vote in new members based on their appearance and basic profile information, Beautiful People makes sure users only see men and women who they may find attractive.
“It’s based on a fundamental principle of human nature — and that is we all, at least initially, want to be with someone who we find attractive,” said Greg Hodge, Managing Director of Beautiful People.
The images were displayed on billboards around the county however many were banned.
Maybe in an ideal world, but the reality is that’s just not the way it works.” Greg was kind enough to give us the inside scoop about the motivation behind Beautiful People, the details of its voting system, and how he embraces the controversy that comes with catering to the “aesthetically blessed.” Greg is no stranger to exclusivity, having owned a private members nightclub in London in the early 2000s. Beautiful People is powered by a basic principle of human nature: People want to be with someone they’re attracted to.The data does not contain any credit card information and user passwords are encrypted.”“As far as we were aware, at that time, only the two security researchers who informed us of the breach had access to this data,” the statement reads.“The data said to be accessible on the 'dark web' is the same data as the two security researchers accessed and downloaded in the December 2015 breach.”Vickery vehemently denied any role in leaking the data.A self-proclaimed “elite” dating website has removed around 3,000 members because they were "letting themselves go".Beautiful describes itself as the “largest internet dating community exclusively for the beautiful” and puts people’s photographs to a members’ vote to decide if they are allowed in.