In Julya group calling itself "The Impact Team" stole the user data of Ashley Madisona commercial website billed as enabling extramarital affairs. The group copied personal information about the site's user base and threatened to release users' names and personally identifying information if Ashley Madison would not immediately shut down. On 18 and 20 August, the group leaked more 25 gigabytes of company data, including user details.
The Impact Team announced the attack on 15 July and threatened to expose the identities of Ashley Madison's users if its parent company, Avid Life Mediadid not shut down Ashley Madison and Ashley dating site hacked sister site, "Established Men". On 20 Julythe website put up three statements under its "Media" section addressing the breach.
The website's normally busy Twitter account fell silent apart from posting the press statements.
At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points. We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber-terrorism will be held Although Ashley Madison denied reports that a mass release of customer records occurred on 21 July,  over 60 gigabytes worth of data was confirmed to be valid on 18 August.
In its message, the group blamed Avid Life Media, accusing the company of deceptive practices: Now everyone gets to see their data Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn't deliver.
In response, Avid Life Media released a statement that the company was working with authorities to investigate, and said the hackers were not " hacktivists " but criminals. None of the accounts on the website need email verification for the profile to be created, meaning that people often create profiles with fake email addresses, and sometimes people who have similar names accidentally confuse their email address, setting up accounts for the wrong email address.
Ashley Madison's company required the owner of the email account to pay money to delete the profile, preventing people who had accounts set up against their consent as a prank or mistyped email from deleting them without Ashley dating site hacked. The company falsely asserted that paying them would "fully delete" the profiles, which the hack proved was untrue. Following the hack, communities of internet vigilantes began combing through to find famous individuals, who they planned to publicly humiliate.
A variety of security researchers and internet privacy activists debated the media
Ashley dating site hacked of journalists reporting on the specifics of the data, such as the names of users revealed to be members.
Clinical psychologists argued that dealing with an affair in a particularly public way increases the hurt for spouses and children. Orlando, who had joined the site to conduct research concerning women who cheat, said he felt users of the site were anxious the release of sexually explicit messages would humiliate their spouses and children.
On 24 AugustToronto police announced that two unconfirmed suicides had been linked to the data breach, in addition to "reports of hate crimes connected to the hack. On 24 Augusta pastor and professor at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary committed suicide citing the leak that had occurred six days before. Annalee Newitzeditor-in-chief of Gizmodoanalyzed the leaked data.
She also found that a very high number of the women's accounts were created from the same IP address suggesting there were
Ashley dating site hacked fake accounts. She found women checked email messages very infrequently: Only 9, of the 5 million female account had ever replied to a message, compared to the 5. She concluded that, "The women's accounts show so little activity that they might as well not be there". She notes that Ashley dating site hacked have absolutely no data recording human activity at all in the Ashley Madison database dump from Impact Team.
All we can see is when fake humans contacted real ones.
Passwords on the live site were hashed using the bcrypt algorithm. An analysis of old passwords used on an archived version showed that "" and "password" were the most common. Claire Brownell suggested that the Turing test could be possibly passed by the women-imitating chatbots that fooled millions of men into buying special accounts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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