Checking on the Ashley Madison leak documents is continuing to create a firestorm of interest online.
The names from major corporations and the work addresses given – fake or otherwise – from government organisations around the globe have created major issues and divorce proceedings or advice regarding them have already been sought from law firms in the UK, United States and Australia.
More will occur and the leak is trying to be plugged by lawyers acting for Ashley Madison – but the issues and the amount of data released simply continues too grow – creating further misery for those who are on the list, or who are shown to be there under false names.
The latest from the Washington Post:
CheckAshleyMadison.com was taken offline Wednesday evening after receiving a take-down request from Ashley Madison’s legal team under the Digital Millennial Copyright Act. It would appear that Ashley Madison’s lawyers are using the copyright provision to take down as much of the leaked information as they can; as of this writing, however, Have I Been Pwned and Trustify are still online, as are several new sites, including Ashley.cynic.al.
In a statement, the creators of CheckAshleyMadison.com wrote:
We hope that Avid Life Media will follow-up in the coming days with some sort of help to their userbase and a formal apology, rather than try to sweep it under the rug … P.S. To Ashley Madison’s Development Team: You should be embarrased [sic] for your train wreck of a database (and obviously security), not sanitizing your phone numbers to your database is completely amateur, it’s as if the entire site was made by Comp Sci 1XX students.
Our original story follows.
When a team of hackers calling themselves “the Impact Group” claimed to break into spouse cheating site Ashley Madison last month, millions of users held their breaths: See, even though Ashley Madison confirmed there was a hack, no one had posted any actual user data yet.
That changed Tuesday evening, when the Impact Group published a 10-gigabyte trove of user data — including names, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and credit card fragments — to the Dark Web.
While Ashley Madison has not confirmed that the information is authentic, several security researchers have already said that it appears to be: Multiple users have independently confirmed that their names appeared in the leak.
Law firms are just some of the organisations being increasingly pressured to resolve the mayhem unleashed by the illegal activities of those responsible for the Ashley Madison leak.
Read more at Washington Post
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