Hospitality exchange service Couchsurfing experiences email list mayhem


‪The company’s distribution system was hacked right before messages endorsing a rival “sleep with a stranger” site were sent to many of its one million members.

The email headed "Site Improvements" appeared to prompt recipients towards the rival paid service Airbnb.

‪CouchSurfing hosts and guests do not exchange money.

“Indications are that the attempted XSRF attack (cross-site request forgery) was not successful,” the Register reports.

Couchsurfing declined to on whether the offending emails pushed maliciouscode.

In a statement on its support site, ‪the company "apologised for any confusion" the incident may have caused.

Couchsurfing said that "member data was not exposed.”