Tantan, a close replica of Tinder, has vowed to improve its encryption after it was revealed the site had little to no protection against moderately competent hackers.

CEO and co-founder Yu Wang admitted in an email response that the lack of protection protocols was a “bad idea” and that they are seeking to fix the problems as soon as possible. The vulnerabilities were exposed in a report last Friday by Hong Kong-based entrepreneur Larry Salibra, who founded his own crowdsourced site-testing service.

Mr. Salibra claimed the site was “endangering young women and men by failing to use encryption”, drawing a comparison to the recent Ashley Madison hack which exposed thousands of personal data points.

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Cate Cadell

Cate is a tech writer. She worked as a journalist in Australia, Mongolia and Myanmar. You can reach her (in Chinese or English) at: @catecadell or catecadell@technode.com