Blackmail, scam and suicide..
As most of you have heard already, the website bragging about being the most famous name in infidelity and married dating has been hacked : Ashley Madison. To our surprise, the website is still up as of today even thought most of it’s private data has been exposed online.
Ashley Madison had a feature where, they claimed, for a fee of $19, they would completely remove a user’s profile and history, and they made a lot of money off of this “feature”. However, the hackers also claimed that the data they stole include deleted profiles. They also claim that the reason they did it was to prove that Ashley Madison was lying to their customers about the permanent delete feature.
And with over 37 million members, mostly from the US and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people.
This hack already had very strong repercussions : Two individuals associated with the leak of Ashley Madison customer details are reported to have taken their lives, according to police in Canada.
Another fact that was discovered while going through that huge amount of that data was that (not surprisingly) 99% of women profiles were fake.
Impact Team, the group taking responsibility of the hack, announced that they were releasing the information partly because Ashley Madison had scammed their consumers over the male to female account ratio on its website. The hackers claimed that 99% of the accounts were male with “thousands” of fake female profiles. After carefully going through all the data in order to verify that 99% of the female accounts were indeed fake, the information reveals that many accounts were created with a single localhost IP. It was also proven that over 20 million men checked their messages while only a little over 1000 woman viewed theirs.
We believe that over the next few months a lot of situations like this one will occur where someone asks: A man found his sister’s husband had a paid account on Ashley Madison. It’s verified to be his account, but that doesn’t prove that he actually cheated. Does he tell his sister? Does he confront his brother in law? Does he keep it to himself? What would YOU do?
Last, but not least, it was found that Ashley Madison’s parent company (Avid Life Media (ALM), a Toronto, Canada–based company) secretly operated an escort website actively recruiting escorts for a separate “dating” website targeting “sugar daddies” as their consumers. The site was http://www.escorts.ca/ and went offline on Sept 1st 2015.
It has been a rough month for ALM!
There are plenty of reasons someone might seek to have an affair and sometimes they’re part of a completely consensual open marriage. And even if they aren’t, you do have to feel a little sorry for people whose private lives have now been exposed for all the world to see.