Russia Bans Popular Gay Dating App in Sochi During Olympics
Dmitry T., founder of Hunters, the most popular Russian gay hook-up app, posted on his Facebook page that at midnight between February 1st and 2nd, hacker attack was made on the app which affected all its users in Russia, while in Sochi the app was completely blocked.
"I can’t believe it! Last night Hunters was hacked. This attack affected over 72,000 users in Russia, while in Sochi the app was completely blocked.
The hackers didn’t leave any traces, but it is clear from an obvious spelling mistake that they were not native English speakers. I’m sure that the attackers were acting in the interest of Russian authorities.
The anonymous threat which read, "You will be arrested and jailed for gay propaganda in Sochi according to Russian Federal Law #135 Sektion 6" was sent on February 1st, 2014 at 11:52 pm to all users in Russia, including those in Sochi.
Hunters is blocked in Sochi and Adler now, and some 72,000 user profiles were deleted throughout Russia. Hackers completely destroyed their profiles and all their messages."
On the morning of February 2nd, just a few days before the opening of the Olympic Games, users trying to open this gay app in Sochi were greeted with an alert saying that their profile was blocked for the next 55,000 minutes (38 days).