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Old 07-20-15, 02:41 PM
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Any Ashley Madison members here?

Are you worried?

Ashley Madison Got Hacked. Now 37 Million Would-Be Cheaters Might Get Exposed.

For months, my Slate colleague Jordan Weissmann has been saying that online affair-facilitator Ashley Madison was going to get hacked. “It just seems like an obvious choice,” he would say. And he was totally right! On Sunday, KrebsonSecurity reported news of an extensive breach.


Lily Hay Newman is a staff writer and the lead blogger for Future Tense.


With a slogan like “Life Is Short. Have an Affair” and 37 million users, you can see why Ashley Madison's data might be tempting for hackers looking to wreak some havoc. The culprits are calling themselves “the Impact Team” and say that if Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, doesn't take the site down, they'll leak all of the data they collected on the service's servers.

But this isn't (just) about a moral objection to cheating. The Impact Team hackers assert that Ashley Madison's “Full Delete” feature, which claims to remove all identifying data from company servers for $19, doesn't actually work. Krebs reports that the Impact Team wrote in a manifesto, “Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie. 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.”

Not that the hackers are exactly on the side of Ashley Madison's users. “Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the group wrote. There's some irony in outing the injured parties whom you're simultaneously trying to defend, but the hackers seem more interested in making a general point about services that claim to erase user data.

In a statement, Avid Life Media said:

We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information. ... We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds, and have had stringent security measures in place ... At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points. We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber–terrorism will be held responsible.



Ashley Madison's data is even more valuable than what comes out of the usual hack because it's identity theft fodder plus information about who has cheated or considered cheating on a partner and what people's sexual preferences/fantasies are. But the site's privacy setup wasn't exactly stellar before. As developer Troy Hunt showed on his blog, the forgot password feature of Ashley Madison returned a slightly different screen depending on whether an email address was registered with the site. If you wanted to check whether your spouse was on the site, you just had to enter some of his or her addresses.


Of course, if Ashley Madison's users were smart enough to make special dummy email addresses for digital indiscretions, you wouldn't be able to catch them this way, but it's still a big privacy hole, and let's be honest, most people aren't that wily. Hunt told Motherboard that the password reset mistake is a privacy oversight on a lot of sites. “Unfortunately it's all too common. ... I would have been surprised if they'd done it right. I'm saddened, but not surprised,” he said.


Though the Impact Team may have gone about making its statement in a contradictory and, you know, illegal way, it's a good reminder that when a company says it will delete your data, you don't exactly get to watch its physical destruction. It's hard to check that your info has actually been removed. So if it's something that your reputation can't survive, you might not want to trust a service with it in the first place.
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Get ready for the divorce rate to sky rocket!
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37 million users -- 36.9 million of them middle-aged fat guys.
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Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
37 million users -- 36.9 million of them middle-aged fat guys.
Out to meet 100,000 middle-aged fat chicks

I couldn't believe this ad

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The fuck is that
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I guess what Ashley Madison thinks the average wife in America looks like.
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My wife asked me this morning, "Do you know Ashley Madison?"

Fortunately, I had never heard of it and answered correctly with, "Who? No."
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I find it hilarious that the site charges you a fee to remove your information.

I may have signed up at one point but I used a spam email and don't think I used my real name and definitely didn't pay for shit.
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Originally Posted by cungar View Post
I guess what <del>Ashley Madison thinks</del> the average wife in America looks like.
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Is that what your wife looks like Eddie?

Also... never heard of Ashley Madison.

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I've heard of it, and when I saw the thread title that's what I THOUGHT it was, but I couldn't have come up with the name myself. I also get it confused with the hookup site--Tinder or whatever.
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Is that your life looks like Eddie?

Also... never heard of Ashley Madison.
HA HA His life or his wife?

You must not look at porn sites because the damn Ashley Madison ads are notorious for popping up on tube sites.
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I'm looking forward to finding out how many guys are actually pretending to be hot women on the site just to get their jollies.
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Is that your life looks like Eddie?

Also... never heard of Ashley Madison.
My wife? No.

My life? Pretty much.
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Not that the hackers are exactly on the side of Ashley Madison's users. “Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the group wrote. There's some irony in outing the injured parties whom you're simultaneously trying to defend, but the hackers seem more interested in making a general point about services that claim to erase user data.
Seems odd for the hackers to use gender-specific language, unless I misunderstand the site.
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Seems odd for the hackers to use gender-specific language, unless I misunderstand the site.
That was my first thought as well. While I'm fairly certain that men outnumber women on the site, the wording here seems to indicate much more venom for male cheaters than for cheaters in general. Would've been simple enough to say "users" instead of "men".
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Who/What is Ashley Madison?
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Originally Posted by maxfisher View Post
Seems odd for the hackers to use gender-specific language, unless I misunderstand the site.
The hackers may have access to nonpublic information.

Back before the internet, I joined a dating agency. It turned out the male:female ratio was between 7:1 and 10:1.

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Who/What is Ashley Madison?
It's a dating site for adulterers.
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Who/What is Ashley Madison?
A slut who exploits other sluts for money.
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Sounds like a potential blackmail operation.
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HA HA His life or his wife?

You must not look at porn sites because the damn Ashley Madison ads are notorious for popping up on tube sites.
They have AM commercials on TV as well.
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They have AM commercials on TV as well.
Doesn't Howard Stern promote them?
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I get ads for this constantly.
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Maybe God hacked the site so he knows who to punish for violating the 7th commandment.

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