The fact that one of the two men whose names were leaked by the Impact Team's hacking of Ashley Madison has finally spoken to the press confirms two troubling things. The first thing is that Ashley Madison was really hacked by the Impact Team, since the Canadian man has admitted to the Toronto Sun that he, indeed, signed up for Ashley Madison and was a member for two or three years. The second troubling fact is that the man whose name was leaked by the Impact Team confirmed that he paid $19 to Ashley Madison to have his information deleted. He'd joined Ashley Madison in 2010, and assumed the "paid delete" option scrubbed his data like Ashley Madison promised when he left in 2012 or 2013.
However, the fact that the man's name will now be forever linked to the Ashley Madison leaked files by the Impact Team as preferring kinky fun and erotic role play was far from worth joining the website for cheaters. That Canadian man's name won't appear in this article -- although his name and the Heavy73 Ashley Madison user's real name and personal information is ripe for the plucking online, as reported by the Inquisitr. The Canadian man, who's been married for 20 years and has a child, said he didn't use Ashley Madison to cheat and hook up with a woman -- as many Ashley Madison users write -- but only signed up out of curiosity in a desperate moment of weakness.
"Sometimes, you're just curious, looking for friends, but then it doesn't necessarily appeal to you. I haven't been on the site in a long, long time. Like I said, it is a stupid (website). You go just to see what is out there. It was pretty much a waste of time... to join."In the meantime, those threatened by being the next ones having their Ashley Madison information exposed are gathering on Reddit to share fake Ashley Madison leaked lists, as well as tips to find out if their names have been leaked or "doxxed," as techies like to say. They are also cheering each other up from the brink of suicide by reminding potentially exposed Ashley Madison users that it's not the end of the world if their data does indeed get exposed -- and that no one is above reproach.
Other Ashley Madison users are reporting the inability to access the website and log on for days after the hacking. Still no further press releases since July 20 have been made by Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman via his Twitter account, nor the Ashley Madison Twitter account.
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