According to Frind, an Argentinian hacker named Chris Russo – who recently hacked The Pirate Bay – broke into Plentyoffish after two days of sleuthing, under his real name.Then, this happened (still, according to Frind): At midnight Miami time my wife gets a call from Chris Russo that plentyoffish has been hacked into and that Russians have taken over his computer and are trying to kill him, and his life is in extreme danger and they are currently downloading plentyoffish’s database. I listened in the background and I closed the breach if indeed there was one while my wife was on the phone and then I immediately ordered an investigation.While it is free to use, Plenty Of Fish offers premium services as part of their upgraded membership, such as who has 'liked' a member through the service's Tinder-like Meet Me feature, and allowing users to see whether a message has been read and/or deleted.The website for Plenty Of Fish appeared in several music videos in 2010: in Lady Gaga's "Telephone", Natasha Bedingfield's "Touch", Ke$ha's "We R Who We R", Flo Rida and Akon's "Available", Jason Derulo's "Ridin' Solo", Since the alleged hacking incident, Frind alleges he has identified persons he believes are responsible for the hacking, and alleges he is threatening legal action in response to the widespread negative media exposure.Markus Frind, 36, is the founder and CEO of the Vancouver-based Plenty of Fish.
An official statement will apparently be published tomorrow, but Frind’s personal, sleep-deprived recount of what happened – “what it feels like to be hacked /extorted and the intense pressure and stress you are put under” – is well worth a read – for starters.
A related feature that was eliminated was the option to contact clients of age differences greater than "Markus," presumably Frind, found tasteful.
Although the Plenty Of Fish site and its "matching" criteria continue to match couples with age differences greater than the 14 year guideline, attempts to contact the "matches" resulted in an inbox message from Markus stating, among other things, "[t]here is no reason for a 50 year old man to contact a 18 year old woman." On March 25, 2015, Plentyoffish Media Inc.
NET, and I don't like reading books, so I just went and created the site in two weeks, and then people started signing up, much to my surprise," he said. It wasn't like I had a plan to create a dating site.
It was just a side project I created that got really big." Frind, who was a developer before he founded Plenty of Fish, built the site without any venture-capital funding.
Over the next 24 hours we got a lot of voice mails from Chris Russo frantically wanting to talk to us.