The company says that together, the new measures will significantly reduce spam.The measures also promise to change the nature of an app that spread in part because of its anonymity.Having trouble making connections with sexy local women? Millions of men all over the world constantly find themselves in the same position that you find yourself now.
"It wouldn’t be too complicated to try to reverse-engineer the APIs they’re using and set up an app where you log into a server and say, ‘Show me everyone who’s in San Francisco,’" Strazzere said.
They also figured out a way to circumvent Grindr’s blocking technology, hounding users with an additional invitation to join the webcam chat even after the user blocked the bot.
(A bug fix in April appears to have ended that particular problem, at least for now.) Tim Strazzere, lead research and response engineer at Lookout Mobile Security, speculates that spammers are able to spoof their location by opening Grindr in an Android emulator and searching for users in target-rich environments like New York and San Francisco.
Joining Grindr requires only downloading the app and opening it up — immediately, the user is greeted with profiles of dozens of nearby men.
Its profiles are essentially disposable, making it attractive to men who are closeted, cheating on their boyfriends, or who simply don’t like filling out profiles.
"Poke." "Hey buddy." "Hey sexy." Say hello back and they’ll respond with a quick story about how incredibly frisky they are feeling.