Zoosk Technical Lead Talks User Safety and Cequence Partnership

Zoosk, the dating platform acquired for $258 million by Spark Networks, recently entered into a partnership to help its singles date more securely.

The brand is working with California-based Cequence Security to prevent attacks from malicious online bots.

According to coverage in Security Boulevard, Zoosk’s previous bot solution was vulnerable to reverse-engineering by savvy hackers.

The piece reads: “With the client-side approach, attackers were able to catch on and began to examine and reverse-engineer the deployed solution. 

“Their new understanding subsequently helped them evolve their attack strategy to avoid detection. 

“Eventually, Zoosk saw that their new defense had a diminishing impact on stopping bad actors who leveraged bots.”

The new safety measures, implemented using Cequence Security’s Application Security Platform (ASP), are intended to mitigate such attacks. A 2018 threat stemming from leaked Facebook access tokens was identified after the system picked up a spike in login attempts. 

Conner Callahan, Technical Lead of Platform and Infrastructure at Zoosk, explains some of the technical changes in an extended interview featured below.

Earlier this year, The Meet Group, Match Group and Spark Networks came together for a joint panel discussion on user safety and moderation.

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