You may remember that in July, anonymous hackers threatened to reveal stolen personal information of some 40 million users of the controversial dating website (Ashley Madison’s tagline: Life is short. With over 5183 data breaches reported in the first nine months of last year exposing 7.9 billion records, Vade Secure expects to see a lot more” personalised email scams in 2020. Hackers, known as the Impact Team, stole the data last month. Moreover, the company in some instances altogether failed to remove or delete consumer profiles from internal systems. While some of the claims in the emails may not be based on fact, the inclusion of accurate personal information makes it clear that the scammers have access to the stolen Ashley Madison data.
There may be enough women who are turned off by the meat market aspect of other dating sites that a service with a zero tolerance for weird behavior might find it appealing. The dump by as-yet-unidentified hackers sent shockwaves across the country as millions of users were outed as seeking an adulterous affair. Various reputable media outlets, including Wired, the Guardian and the BBC, note that sensitive details of up to 37 million users of the self-confessed most famous name in infidelity and married dating” are now available online.
If true, it means that just 0.0073% of Ashley Madison’s users were actually women — and that changes the fundamental nature of the site. The hacking group, known as the Impact Team, reportedly hit the site over grievances that Ashley Madison charges its customer a fee to delete their data. Ashley Madison has an extensive Help page and pop-ups that appear frequently to make sure you’re taken care of. We recommend reading the Help page for expert advice on how to use the site and stay safe.
If those allegations are true — if 31.3 million men were effectively paying to talk dirty to a cardboard cutout of Kate Upton, thinking they were going to get the real deal in bed — that’s likely the last nail in the coffin for the site, said dating company consultant Mark Brooks. Ashley Madison currently facilitates 40,000 affairs a day and has played an undeniably important role in the dating scene — and it’s still growing. So let’s jump in and find out why Ashley Madison is making big waves in an ocean polluted with shitty dating apps.
In July, digital intruders claimed to have stolen user data for , Avid Life’s popular website that facilitates extramarital affairs. Smith told Bamboozled he did visit Ashley Madison last summer, and the credit card data provided in the email was correct. I feel kind of sick inside 4 #AshleyMadison hacked people. User information published includes email addresses, mailing addresses, IP addresses, signup dates, and total amounts spent on Ashley Madison services.