Ashley Madison HackedEye Spy Blog 1
Ashley Madison is the online personals & dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs. Ashley Madison is a dating website that helps married people cheat has been hit by hackers who threatened to release information about millions of customers.Hackers whole stole sensitive customer information from the cheating site AshleyMadison.com appear to have made good on their threat to post the data online.
Ashley Madison’s records could nevertheless damage the reputations of politicians and public figures, not to mention ordinary people.
The still-unfolding leak could be quite damaging to some 37 million users of the hookup service, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.”
It’s been widely reported that Ashley Madison did not verify the email addresses of people who signed up. In theory, an individual’s address could pop up in the data dump even if that person never actually signed up for an account — someone else could have signed up using their email. The credit card numbers, names, and home address data included in the hack — if accurate — could be much more damaging. But just because someone signed up Ashley Madison doesn’t mean they used the service. Some users’ spouses may have known they used the site.
According to the hackers, although the “full delete” feature that Ashley Madison advertises promises “removal of site usage history and personally identifiable information from the site,” users’ purchase details — including real name and address — aren’t actually scrubbed.
Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie, a hacking group wrote. Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed.
It’s unclear how much of the AshleyMadison user account data has been posted online. For now, it appears the hackers have published a relatively small percentage of AshleyMadison user account data and are planning to publish more for each day the company stays online.
“Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the hackers continued. “Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver. We’ve got the complete set of profiles in our DB dumps, and we’ll release them soon if Ashley Madison stays online. And with over 37 million members, mostly from the US and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people.”
Most divorce attorneys were chomping at the bit for 38 million names to be released in the hacking.
The assumption was that 38 million names of cheaters being leaked online would surely mean millions of those folks would soon be seeking out divorce attorneys to help end their marriages. That, in turn, would mean those divorce lawyers could profit from all the of attorney fees gained through mediation proceedings and every little delayed argument over dividing the flatware.
As it is written, the reasons for desiring the Ashley Madison data be leaked sounds more like that of a couples’ counselor’s reasons instead.
For one, exposed Ashley Madison data would force couples to talk about why the cheating happened in the first place. Without assigning blame, a husband and wife could discuss the components and drawbacks of the union that contributed to feelings of neglect — or whatever — that led the cheating partner to assume signing up with Ashley Madison would be a good idea.
Secondly, the exposed Ashley Madison user information would bring those involved to a point where choices would have to be made. Either forgiveness and second chances would be given, continually, denial would occur, or a break up would be in order. Whatever the results, the cheater would be exposed — who oftentimes wants to be caught subconsciously — and real feelings would have to surface.
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