The Ashley Madison leak has now hit the internet, and anyone who wants to search the database by name or email will be able to do so with just a few clicks of the mouse.
It has been several weeks since hackers broke into the database of 32 million users for the site, which advertises itself as a dating site for married people. The hackers issued threats to leak personal information of the users, and on Sunday the full database of Ashley Madison users hit the internet, including names, usernames, email addresses, and even credit card numbers.
It wasn’t long before the information was organized into a central database, and now anyone who wants to search the Ashley Madison user list will be able to do so easily.
The Fox report included instructions on how to search the Ashley Madison database.
“Just plug in a name or email address, and you’ll find out if someone who signed up for the service,” the report stated. “Check to see if an e-mail address you recognise is part of the database on the web: https://ashley.cynic.al/ – or – http://www.trustify.info/check.
“You can also check Ashleymadisonleaked.com. But that site is experiencing some lag time due to high traffic.”
The leak has already meant trouble for a large number of people. The most famous so far is Josh Duggar, the eldest son of the 19 Kids and Counting clan who had worked as a lobbyist for the conservative Focus on the Family.
There were also close to 10,000 work-related email addresses of government employees, including addresses associated with the White House, NASA, the United Nations, and even the Vatican.
The Ashley Madison site apparently knew that it would have difficulty keeping the data secret. When users signed up, they were given a fine print contract that said, “We cannot ensure the security or privacy of information you provide through the Internet.”
There are also reports of problems with that the company’s “full delete” option, which claimed to wipe all the user’s information out of the database for a $19 fee. The Verge noted that this actually did nothing, and Ashley Madison made millions of dollars off the bogus service.
The demand to search the Ashley Madison database is so high that several of the sites hosting the information were very slow.
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