Ashley Madison is an online dating web service based in Canada, it was launched by Noel Biderman in 2001 for married couple to have an extra marital affairs. It has a slogan “Life is short, Have an affair”. According to SimilarWeb, a web analytics provider, the site has more than 240 million visits per month as of 2015 and it is ranked in the top 20 Adult sites. The Adultery hook-up site worth more than 160 million dollars.
The Infidelity website has received numerous threat from hacker to get the website hacked for promoting promiscuity. On July 15, 2015 when Ashley Madison hacked. Hackers stole all of its customer data including names, email addresses, phone numbers, hashed password, sexual fantasies and credit card information and threatened to post all the data online if online adult dating website were not shut down or permanently closed.
According to the website Political Scrapbook and other sources, there are 92 Ministry of Defence email addresses among the leaked details. The website has found 1,716 email addresses from universities and further education colleges, using the .ac.uk suffix; 124 using .gov.uk; 92 using .mod.uk; 65 local education authorities and schools using .sch.uk; 56 National Heath Service emails and less than 50 police emails (.police.uk). The leaked data also include more than 15,000 e-mail addresses that are hosted on US government and military servers that uses the .gov and .mil top-level domains.
The readme file with dump data reads:
“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 gets 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.”
Watchguard, Internet security firm told Internet users and businesses to go back to basics when it comes to protecting their data. The chief technology officer, Corey Nachreiner said: “Businesses should assume they have already been compromised when putting security in place since you can never have perfect defence. Organisations must implement discovery-and-response tools so that they can immediately see and handle the incidents that get past their gates.
It is a reminder that cyber criminals may be hacktivists with social agendas who want to disrupt day-to-day business or organised criminal groups going after your customers’ financial or personal data – or in this case, both.
At the route of these exploits, I am reminded of the advice I regularly give to kids. At a very basic level, do not put anything online you wouldn’t be happy to see on the front page of news on your grandmother’s coffee table. The internet is forever, no matter who you trust with your data.”
The owner of the company has acknowledged the attack, and release a statement which reads:
“We have now learned that the individual or individuals responsible for this attack claim to have released more of the stolen data. We are actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted online and will continue to devote significant resources to this effort. Furthermore, we will continue to put forth substantial efforts into removing any information unlawfully released to the public, as well as continuing to operate our business.
The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world. We are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law.”