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4 Million Ashley-madison Accounts Hacked

Discussion in 'sexuality & relationships' started by Snowman, Jul 20, 2015.

  1. JAGnLA

    JAGnLA Supporting Member

    What was the given reason? Are they blaming the CEO for the site being hacked. Seems like business was (and continues to be?) otherwise
  2. Snowman

    Snowman Your Host

    Technically he "resigned", but it's hard to imagine he did that voluntarily. Here's the official statement from the company:

    "This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees," the company said in a statement. "We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base."

    For his part, Noel Biderman said in a brief statement he left "in mutual agreement." He had served as CEO since 2002 and was the founder of AM.

    Obviously that is not very illuminating. Here's some likely reasons from an article from The Star.

    *** Several class action lawsuits totalling more than half a billion dollars allege the company breached contracts and was negligent in protecting customer data.

    Biderman’s exit was more likely an abdication than a coup d’état, said Richard Leblanc, associate professor of law, governance and ethics at York University.

    Executives often resign from a company facing legal action in order to distance themselves from the aftermath, Leblanc said, but that does not shield them from lawsuits or punitive damages, and they are still accountable for all of their decisions leading up to their departure. ***

    According to the article, the company is currently facing lawsuits seeking over $50 billion dollars for breach of contract and negligence in protecting customer data.
    • Informative Informative x 1
  3. Snowman

    Snowman Your Host

    Here's an interesting interview of "The Impact Team" - the hackers responsible for breaching Ashley-Madison. It was published on Motherboard.

    MOTHERBOARD: How did you hack Avid Life Media? Was it hard?
    The Impact Team: We worked hard to make fully undetectable attack, then got in and found nothing to bypass.

    What was their security like?
    Bad. Nobody was watching. No security. Only thing was segmented network. You could use Pass1234 from the internet to VPN to root on all servers.
    That's astonishing. That company made a lot of money. They really did have a responsibility to keep their data safe. Sorry, but "Pass1234" doesn't cut it. :wideyed:
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  4. Snowman

    Snowman Your Host

    Breaking news:

    New Orleans pastor outed on Ashley Madison commits suicide (CNN Money)

    ""He talked about depression. He talked about having his name on there, and he said he was just very, very sorry," Christi said. "What we know about him is that he poured his life into other people, and he offered grace and mercy and forgiveness to everyone else, but somehow he couldn't extend that to himself."

  5. ginko23

    ginko23 Supporting Member

    Ashley Madison pretends it’s something it’s not. It is not a site for guys to hook up an affair, it’s a site to fleece naive men out of their money. I don’t understand the line between “buyer-beware” laws and fraud. Every exec of AM should be perped walked and thrown in jail for running a con game.
    • Agree Agree x 1
  6. Snowman

    Snowman Your Host

    A Cybersecurity outfit named CynoSure Prime examined the data obtained from the AM hack and was able to determine member passwords. Some of the results are amusing:

    Those that think adding a few more words to the word password makes it harder to crack:

    Those that are having doubts about using the site:

    Those that are in denial:

    Those who think this is a dating site:

    Those who trusted Ashley Madison to help them deceive their spouses:

    Those that might have figured out what the site was really doing:

    Those that couldn't think of anything good:

    Those that were NSFW but honest:


    These Hacked Ashley Madison Account Passwords Reveal WAY Too Much About The Cheating Husbands Who Used Them!
  7. Snowman

    Snowman Your Host

    Ashley Madison made the list of "10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2016".

    "Now, Ashley Madison and its Canadian-based parent Avid Life Media, face around $500 million in lawsuits. With so many identities disclosed, members have scrambled to try to hide the information from their families and employers. It will likely be very difficult for interested users to trust the extramarital site in the future."

    10 Brands That Will Disappear in 2016

  8. ginko23

    ginko23 Supporting Member

    The hacktivist group posted the email addresses on the deep web. These were shortly deleted but not before an undetermined number of people downloaded such. The email list has come into possession of “The Donald” (no not that Donald, Donny Long) who has posted it on his wildly popular website PWL. For a fee you can have your email deleted from his site.

    The data is very had to read because basically all the addresses are run together.
  9. Snowman

    Snowman Your Host

    A class action lawsuit has settled for members of the Ashley Madison website. The plaintiffs allege that Ashley Madison failed to properly secure the personal information of its website’s users. They also allege the website used AI chat "bots" linked to fake profiles to communicate with real (paying) users. The settlement fund reportedly has $11.2 million. Class members who submit valid claims with supporting documents in a timely fashion can receive up to $3500. The deadline to file a claim is January 2nd, 2018.

    For more information or to submit a claim online click here:

    Case: In re: Ashley Madison Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, Case No. 4:15-MD-02669, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
    • Optimistic Optimistic x 1

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