Ever wanted to know who you’ve been blocked by on Grindr? A new app gets under the skin of the gay dating app by revealing exactly who’s blocked who.
C*ckBlocked is the brainchild of coder Trever Faden, who is the founder of a property management company called Atlas Lane.
Alongside his day job, Faden is also “just a gay guy who likes to code side projects,” he revealed on his Twitter feed as the app launched.
Grindr is yet to comment on the app. However, at the time of PinkNews going to press, the IP address for the website has been blocked by Grindr and the tool is currently out of use.
Up until this point, users visited blocked.ongrindr.com and entered their email and Grindr password to reveal their data.
Then, taa daa! The number of people you’d been blocked by, and a list of their Grindr profiles, popped up.
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Faden also runs other small app businesses, which include InCongnito, “the easiest way to browse LinkedIn privately,” and a HTML Inserter for Gmail, alongside a couple of specified tech apps.
In the time since it launched, C*ckBlocked has been downloaded by 20,000 people at a rate of 500 people an hour, the website’s founder told a writer for PinkNews.
Trever reportedly created the app over one weekend, and is already facing early criticism from users who claim he is data farming Grindr user’s emails, but the creator insists the app was just a side project for fun.
He said on Twitter: “I’m happy to talk about the security concerns behind this! I’m personally the only guy who worked on it, and I can assure you I’m not the phishing type…
“No passwords are getting saved anywhere in this server-side. Grindr Auth works by way of passing email + pass, exchanging that for an authToken, which can then be used to generate session tokens. The app stores your authToken + email on your local (client-side)”.
“It then passes your email + authToken back to the server for every subsequent request, generates a fresh session token, and uses that to make requests under the user’s context!”.
Twitter user @twinkpiece raised the issue of mental health. “mental health hack,” he said: “*don’t* find out who’s blocked you on Grindr,” responding to a screenshot of the C*ckBlocker app.