So if you havent heard by now, the popular cheating website Ashley Madison (AM) was hacked and about 10 gigs of compressed data containing very personal customer and employee information was released publicly. The hack occurred back in July, however the hackers warned the company that they would release information if the site was not taken down. Needless to say, they [Ashley Madison executives] thought it was a game.
So here’s what you need to know…
AM’s website is for married people who want to have extramarital affairs (aka cheat) in secrecy.
The hackers site the phony business practices of AM as a main reason for the breach.
“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.”
Also, AM had been outted as a fraudulent website after being sued by a previous employee. The ex-employee claimed that she suffered wrist injuries after creating around 1,000 fake female profiles in three weeks for the site.
What’s the plus MORE?
there were 15,000 .mil or .gov e-mail addresses among those used for the site.
Information included user names, first and last names, and hashed passwords for 33 million accounts, partial credit card data, street names, and phone numbers for huge numbers of users, records documenting 9.6 million transactions, and 36 million e-mail addresses
Also, journalist Brian Krebs have reported Ashley Madison subscribers telling them the last four digits of their credit cards were included in the files. Much of the data includes subscribers’ sexual predilections, such as “Threesome,” “Being Dominant/Master,” “Being Submissive/Slave,” and “Bondage.” Relationship statuses include “attached female seeking male,” “attached male seeking female,” “single male seeking female,” “single female seeking male,” “male seeking male,” and “female seeking female.”
Although this is pretty sad for those couples effected, how do you think this affects the future of the internet? Imagine if it was the IRS data base, or a hospital with millions of patient records. Tweet us @blameebro and tell us what do you think of this madness.