On the eve of the 2012 Summer Olympics one of the world’s largest gay apps, Grindr, crashed for users in East London. It was rumored that Grindr’s servers were overloaded by all the athletes and tourists who had descended upon London to watch the games. True or not it was definitely funny to read about.
Clearly Sochi is no London. Earlier this week Towleroad reported on how a popular gay dating app in Russia called Hunters was hacked. People who logged on were greeted by this anonymous threat which reads, “You will be arrested and jailed for gay propaganda in Sochi according to Russian Federal Law #135 Sektion 6“.
Hackers completely destroyed the profiles and messages of some 72,000 users. On the Feb. 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). You may read the full post on Towleroad here.