The location-based app shows users only the hundred or so other users closest to them, theoretically making it difficult for spammers to target users outside their immediate vicinity.
"It wouldn’t be too complicated to try to reverse-engineer the APIs they’re using and set up an app where you log into a server and say, ‘Show me everyone who’s in San Francisco,’" Strazzere said.
After dropping a link to those sites in a Grindr chat, the spambot ceases responding, except to ask why you haven’t joined him yet.
Users could be forgiven for assuming spambots wouldn’t be an issue in Grindr.
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