Ashley Madison Hack Database:- Ashley Madison, a commercial website promoting extramarital relationships, had its customer data stolen in July 2015 by “The Impact Team.” As a result of the group’s actions, Ashley Madison has been forced to close. The gang released almost 60 terabytes of business data, including user information, between August 18 and 20th.
The remaining ones were only used once, on registration day. It’s possible that several of the women’s accounts were established from the same IP address. She discovered that women seldom read their emails, whereas males do so regularly. A message was only responded to by 9,700 female accounts out of 5 million male accounts.
“The women’s accounts show so little activity that they may as well not exist,” she concluded. According to Newitz’s second post the following week, she had “misunderstood the facts” in her prior piece, and her conclusion that there were few female members was based on data documenting “bot” actions contacting members. She says: “The Ashley Madison database dump from Impact Team has no data documenting human activity at all. That’s all we can see.”
In addition to actual names and addresses, the site retains search history and credit card transaction data, which many users worried about exposing themselves to public humiliation.
A takedown order from Ashley Madison’s legal team under the Digital Millennial Copyright Act forced CheckAshleyMadison.com to go down Wednesday evening. Have I Been Pwned, Trustify, and many new sites like Ashley.cynic.al are still up.
To avoid a public outcry, we hope Avid Life Media responds with user assistance and a formal apology. That database (and obviously security) is a train disaster, and not cleaning your phone numbers is absolutely amateur.