Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Security Issues or Karmic Effect for Ashley Madison?

Ashley Hacked
The hacking of Ashley Madison's sensitive information has divided some people on social media between those who saw the karmic value and those that expressed worry about the future of information security.

The trove posted on the dark Web comes one month after Ashley Madison's parent company, Avid Life Media, confirmed a "criminal intrusion" into its system. The website connects people looking to have a discreet extramarital affair, one of the website's selling points.

While there is no telling how many made the connections they were looking for, what has unfolded in the wake of the hacking has been a potential nightmare for the 37 million who signed up and whose secret lives have now been exposed.

Among the private information posted are names and email addresses that could expose millions of people looking for a hookup online. It's important to note that Ashley Madison users aren't required to verify their email addresses, meaning some found in the dump may have been hijacked by Ashley Madison users seeking to keep their own email addresses off their accounts.

While cheaters may be having a nerve-wracking day, some people on Twitter predicted divorce lawyers would be extra busy with potential new clients.

Others pointed out the severity of the hack and expressed worry about what other private information hackers could potentially access.

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