Last week’s hack that made headlines was the data leak at Avid Life Media’s Ashley Madison, a top cheating site aimed at people who are either in a long-term relationship or married. The hack affected also Established Men, a dating site designed to hook up extremely rich men with stunning young gals, and Cougar life, a dating site for women looking to date younger men.
About 50 million accounts were exposed during the hack, and the group that allegedly now holds the stolen information threatens that it would make sensitive data public unless Ashley Madison is shut down.
Hackers currently have millions of personal data, dating places and locations, nude pictures, and “secret sexual fantasies” of more than 37 million users. The cyber attackers self-identified as “The Impact Team” recently made public two Ashley Madison accounts, but they continue to pressure site owners into shutting down the site completely before they leak more.
One of the account owners is a middle-aged man from Mississauga, Canada, whose home address and real name are now available for every Internet user to see. The other leaked account belongs to a married Massachusetts man identified as Heavy73 on the dating site. Heavy73 wrote on his profile that his special interests included “cuddling & hugging” and he required secrecy and discretion.
The two profiles are just the tip of the iceberg and hackers promise that there is a lot more. Avid Life Media already requested that the law enforcement conducts an ample investigation into the hack, but declined to shut down Ashley Madison as hackers had asked. The company also announced that the site’s security has been updated since the hack, while it also apologized to the millions of owners of the stolen profiles.
“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,”
Avid Life Media wrote on the dating site.
Currently, Ashley Madison’s parent works with leading IT experts to set in place even stricter security measures in order to make sure that such attacks won’t happen again.
Yet, despite Avid Life Media’s best intentions and the police investigation, millions of bits of information on the site’s users may still be leaked if the company stubbornly refuses to close the dating site for good.
And that may translate into a national security crisis because the cheating site may have been a venue where FBI/NSA employees, federal and state officials, local elected officials, and top secret agents went to find an affair. So, exposing them to public shame may morph into a scandal like we have never seen before.
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