Now that the news has broken that the leaked and hacked Ashley Madison data of 32 million users is being made public online, as reported by the Inquisitr, those who know how to access the dark web are having a field day pouring through the list. None of the email addresses or any personally identifying information from the hacked data list will be found in this article.
Ashley Madison is being discussed quite a bit on various other websites, including the leak sending Twitter into a frenzy over the Ashley Madison trending topic. According to Wired, it’s not just names that appear on the list of Ashley Madison users that have been published online; data from the previous eight years — all way back since 2007 — are also leaked, including credit card and various other means of payment details. Even personal information such as street addresses can be found on the leaked Ashley Madison data list — including how much the person paid Ashley Madison for their services.
As such, email addresses are already making their way from the “dark web” to the mainstream “light web” as it were. Therefore, folks are already publishing small lists of email addresses — which you won’t find here — that purport to include big government officials. At least one from the United Kingdom thus far who is a household name even across the Big Pond.
However, others are urging folks to proceed with caution — and letting people know that Ashley Madison didn’t verify email addresses. As Graham Cluley so eloquently writes, just because a person’s email address appears on the hacked list of leaked Ashley Madison users doesn’t mean they were actually the ones who created the account.
“If your email address is in the Ashley Madison database it means nothing. The owner of that email address may never have even visited the Ashley Madison site. So, I could have created an account at Ashley Madison with the address of firstname.lastname@example.org, but it wouldn’t have meant that Obama was a user of the site. (Apologies to Michelle for any concern I may have caused her by mentioning her husband’s name in relation to this article – I’m sure he has more important things to do with his time than to join online dating sites, anyway)”
If the leaked list of Ashley Madison users goes on to include addresses and credit card payment details along with that email address — it might be a harder sell — but yet and still, such a thing as identity theft could give almost anyone who appears on the leaked Ashley Madison list the ready excuse that it wasn’t them that created the account.
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