John McAfee, the cyber security pioneer and developer of the first commercially available anti-virus solution, launched a mesmerizing theory about the Ashley Madison hack. McAfee believes that the ‘hack’ was in fact a ‘leak’ orchestrated by a disgruntled female employee of Avid Life Media, the company which owns the site.
He based his hypothesis on two sets of data. The first set of data is linked to how the files were stolen, while the second set of data implies that the ‘hacker’ was a woman upset on cheating men.
McAfee noted that the leaked database contains dumps. This means that hackers didn’t just copy it by exporting it as a .csv file. They already “had the keys to the Kingdom,” as McAfee put it.
The cyber expert said that he gathered enough evidence to support his theory of an inside job by scanning nearly 40 Gb of leaked data, which took him about a week to complete, and by accessing “reliable” sources from the Dark Web, which never failed him.
The hack seems as an inside job done by one person from other bits of evidence. For instance, the leaked information contains many details hackers wouldn’t be interested in or they would never try to access to reach their purpose.
Among the leaked data one can find details on the layout of the company’s office, share options within the company, and the entire source code of everything Avid Life Media’s developers have ever created. All these data would require a super-hacker years to collect, that’s why McAfee believes that the hack was the work of an insider who gained access to the entire database “through deception and guile.”
Additionally, McAfee believes that it is an inside job because hackers seemed angry with some key people in the company such as the VP of Information Technology, and favored other employees.
He believes that the hacker is a female because of some contextual evidence. In their public statements, “hackers” adopt a language that may be more suitable to a woman than to a group of male hackers.
For instance, in one statement the hackers called Ashley Madison cheaters “scumbags.” In American and Canadian English, that is a term which is usually used only by women to define men. Plus, the hackers at some point seemed upset that a user of the site signed up for an account a day after Valentine’s Day, calling that behavior “spiteful.” Usually, men tend to forget about this day, but women who have a significant other are extremely interested in it.
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