The Ashley Madison hacking by the Impact Team continues to create controversy, as reported by the Inquisitr.
Although this article won’t publish the names of those leaked thus far by the Impact Team — ones that the hackers claim used Ashley Madison to look for other mates to fulfill their sexual and emotional needs — that information is available online still, on Wednesday. The published information from the Impact Team seems akin to toothpaste that’s already squeezed out of the tube and can’t be put back in.
Although Avid Media had released a statement saying that some of their users’ personal information had indeed been published online, the Ashley Madison firm claimed that DMCA takedown requests had removed the posts exposing their users names and the like.
“Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident as well as all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about our users published online.”
As of Wednesday, July 22, however, personal information such as the names and addresses and sexual interests of at least two men — one in the United States and one in Ontario, Canada — could still be found online. The fact that one married/attached man likes cuddling, conventional sex, and discretion has been published by the Impact Team. The kinkier profile of the other man, who prefers oral sex and erotic tickling, is also widely available for folks to read who know their way around a good Google search.
As such, the article titled “Brockton Man Is First Ashley Madison User Exposed By Hackers” by CBS Local in Boston is a very popular article, according to the “What’s Hot” list on Alexa.com, an Amazon web tracking company. The Brockton user of Ashley Madison had his user ID of “Heavy73” published by CBS after the Impact Team already leaked his information and name online. The fact that he joined Ashley Madison the day after Valentine’s Day in 2014 is duly noted by the Impact Team — and falls in line with previous Ashley Madison studies that claimed women joined their site in droves the day after Mother’s Day. Perhaps a bad romantic holiday drove this exposed Ashley Madison user to join.
Meanwhile, articles, like “I don’t regret my Ashley Madison affair – the site helped me to live again” on the Guardian by an anonymous author, are also gaining traction, with the writer explaining why he might not mind if his Ashley Madison details are leaked.
— briankrebs (@briankrebs) July 22, 2015
Folks on Reddit are having a healthy debate about the leaked Ashley Madison info, and whether or not using PayPal as a payment would’ve shielded their details in the leak, should it become more widely published.
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