The blackmailers are using their own hacking skills to trace the partners of those found on Ashley Madison, which boasts, “Life is short”. In addition to that controversy, there is also some leaked emails concerning Ashley Madison CEO, and how he has possibly hacked other dating websites.
An analysis of the site’s user database by Gizmodo writer Annalee Newlitz revealed a lot of suspicious activities suggesting that nearly all the female accounts were fake and were actually run and maintained by the company’s employees.
The hackers also released a second batch of data, including corporate emails and sensitive computer source code, and threatened to carry out more attacks.
Ashley Madison’s massive security leak has spurred a number of lawsuits, including a proposed class action in Texas claiming the adultery site was warned of the impending breach but failed to alert customers.
While Lawton could say little about the investigation so far, she confirmed the privacy commissioner has been in touch with Avid Life Media. Avid Life has offered a $380,000 reward for information about who was behind the hack.
Avid Life Media was sued in Canada last week in a class-action suit that seeks some $760-million in damages.
Lawyers in the California case said the records hacked, including names, personal data and details of sexual preferences and fantasies, might be used for “invidious exposure”. Catching up hackers is a hard process, especially if they know how to cover their tracks.
As the data from the Ashley Madison hack continues to spill out onto the Internet, we’re learning more about the location of the 37 million cheaters exposed in the U.S. Users enter email addresses and other information to see whether their special someone had a paid membership to Ashley Madison.
“As a result of (Ashley Madison’s) unfair, unreasonable and inadequate data security, its users’ extremely personal and embarrassing information is now accessible to the public”, according to the lawsuit, filed by the Baltimore-based firm of Hammond Law.
Before he could register that opinion, though, he had to figure out what the heck “Ashley Madison” is.
Calls are coming in “from all over the world”, said Constable Caroline de Kloet with the Toronto Police Service.