At the time this received global media exposure and security experts blamed Plenty Of Fish for the security and privacy lapse specifically for keeping users' passwords unsecured.
On February 28, 2012, the parents of US Army Lieutenant Peter Burks sued Plenty Of Fish.
"Our team hand reared Spruce from a chick and we successfully reintroduced him into our penguin colony," his carer Sarah Everett told the Dorset Echo.
"All the adult penguins are now entering their breeding season and are busy making nests.
On Tuesday, the dating website Plenty of Fish got acquired by Match Group, an IAC/Inter Active subsidiary that recently announced plans to go public later this year.
Plenty of Fish sold to Match Group for 5 million in cash.
"It was a profitable company, and there was no need to raise money." Plenty of Fish's deal with Match will close by the end of the year.
Frind says Plenty of Fish, which has 90 million registered users and 3.6 million active daily users, was "immediately profitable." In 2008, Frind told The New York Times that his website's net profits were about million a year and that he worked only about 10 hours a week. "It's funny, once you start adding people to the company, the amount of time you have to work goes up," he told Business Insider. I've been working normal hours the past few months." Match Group CEO Sam Yagan said in a statement that he had been interested in Plenty of Fish for more than 10 years.
The parents were seeking compensatory and punitive damages.
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.
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.