All Fun And Puritanical Games Until Somebody Gets Dead

Since the large-scale August 19th data breach revealing millions of user profiles and email addresses from the Ashley Madison online dating site, we have found and blocked a surge in email spam activity related to the Ashley Madison data breach. Ashley Madison, as a concept, already walks the line between practicality (people are going to cheat, regardless of this site’s existence), and just plain enabling behavior. They hacked into Avid Life Media’s servers, which owns dating websites Ashley Madison, Established Men and Cougar Life. This is a low-friction approach for both the users of the service and myself as the guy who has to build and support it. Implementing it this way meant nothing more than showing results when following the verification link in the subscription email and adding a flag to the breaches that keeps the sensitive ones out of the public eye.

I winked at one lady and the response I got back was “I appreciate the wink but I only have time to respond to full messages”. Also, I’m not sure if all messages get delivered between site users. The knowledge released by the hacker or hackers — which self-identify as The Impact Team — contains sensitive inner information stolen from Avid Life Media (ALM), the Toronto-primarily based firm that owns AshleyMadison as well as related hookup websites Cougar Life and Established Men.

In July 2015, a group called The Impact Team” hacked into Ashley Madison’s computer system. If there’s one nook of the Internet to keep your eye on within the wake of the Ashley Madison data dump, it’s Surviving Infidelity (SI). Another breach detail that caught security experts by surprise is the fact that many Ashley Madison users appeared to use their real emails, which tie to various governments, military agencies and financial institutions, among others, says Stephen Coty, who’s reviewed the leaked Ashley Madison data and found that it includes personal details on more than 14,000 government officials from around the world.

The hackers say that unless the site is shut down, they will spill the personal profiles and credit card information of its users. But, according to one cybersecurity company, crooks might even going so far as to sell credit cards and PayPal accounts from Ashley Madison users on the dark web, despite the dump not containing either of those things. This aspect is repeated in several sections of the site, partly also for reasons of visibility on search engines through the use of particular keywords: Thousands of unfaithful wives and husbands register daily on Ashley Madison”.

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