Following a computer hack that divulged the personal, private information of more than 30 million people who registered with a controversial dating website in hopes of cheating on their spouses, what’s next for Ashely Madison?
Detailed personal information on millions of users was leaked in the hack, including credit card numbers and sexual preferences.
Moreover, McAfee has also said that, on the basis of social engineering, he has worked out that the person who stole Ashley Madison users’ information was a “lone female employee” of the company. Avid Life Media, which owns the site, may have offered a bounty; however, the fact it still faces multiple lawsuits, including negligence, could not be denied.
The damage caused by the Ashley Madison leak is growing, and some former users are reporting that others have attempted to extort them using information contained in the data dumps.
The website’s parent company, Avid Life Media, said it is investigating to “determine the validity of any information posted online” and has put up a reward of £240,000 to anyone helping bring the perpetrators to justice.
A representative told the news outlet: “Nerve was exploring strategic partnerships in May of 2012 and reached out to Noel to determine Avid Life Media’s interest in the property”.
“I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw people taking their lives because of this, and obviously piling on the ridicule and trying to out people is not gonna help the situation”, he added.
The hotline for leads into who hacked the Ashley Madison dating website is “continuously ringing”, say police in Toronto.
“They did a very lousy job building their platform”.
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Evans also revealed that two unconfirmed suicides were allegedly associated with the infidelity site’s security breach.
Supt Evans said Ashley Madison is cooperating with the investigation and police have found “no criminal wrongdoing” by the company, as was alleged by the hackers.
“This is one of the most significant Internet security breaches in history”, said Carmitchel. This issue stemmed when hacker Impact Team penetrated Toronto-based website Ashley Madison.