Just a few weeks ago, hackers claimed to have stolen data for 37 million Ashley Madison users, a dating site for married people trying to have extramarital affairs.
In the hack, the group known as the Impact Team gave Ashley Madison's parent company, Avid Life Media, a deadline of 30 days to take down Ashley Madison as well as sister sites Cougar Life and Established Men. Click here for all the details and to see the hackers' demands.
Guess what? The deadline has passed, Avid Life Media didn't take down the sites in favor of beefing up security, and the Impact Team has started posting the information to the Deep Web, for all to see ... all 9.7 gigabytes of it, including names, email addresses, credit card info and details about sexual fantasies and orientations.
And yes, the data is real. It was confirmed by security researcher and blogger Brian Krebs who has been covering the tech security beat well for years.
But this story isn’t just about adultery. It’s about Your Tax Dollars. As it turns out, Washington, D.C., has more Ashley Madison users than any other U.S. city.
Fifteen thousand exposed email addresses are from U.S. military and official U.S. government servers – even including the White House. In short, certain nitwits who run our government didn’t have the common sense to set up a Hotmail or Gmail account to hide their identities.
So what we have here is thousands of government personnel looking for a little action while on the job - using their official government email addresses. Your tax dollars at work, my friends. Unacceptable? Yep. Stupid? You bet.
--> Want to search the database? Here you go: trustify.info/check
Below is a screenshot of how the Impact Team introduced the data release:
Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone get to see their data.
Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world's biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.
Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you'll get over it.
Any data not signed with key 6E50 3F39 BA6A EAAD D81D ECFF 2437 3CD5 74AB AA38 is fake.
Whether or not you agree with the hack and its morals, Ashley Madison and Avid Life Media have stated they will be seeking legal action against the hackers in a published statement.
What are your thoughts? Are the actions of the Impact Team justified or should they face legal action like other hackers? Do the ends justify the means like we saw with the girls who scammed members of ISIS? Let me know your opinions by posting in the comments below.