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AshleyMadison Hack — Krebs On Security

Февраль 22, 2020

Since the large-scale August 19th data breach revealing millions of user profiles and email addresses from the Ashley Madison online dating site, we have found and blocked a surge in email spam activity related to the Ashley Madison data breach. But within seconds, my fake picture and self-description were erased from the straight female account, and when I tried to replace them I was told they would be posted later, «pending approval.» Meanwhile, my fake male picture and profile remained undisturbed — it even attracted two robo-emails from women who «indicated they are interested asheleymadison in someone like you.» My female account, despite having no picture and information, was flooded with emails and chat requests from men who seemed pretty real, including one who helpfully sent a dick pic, complete with stained underwear.

Cyber security expert Brian Krebs reported on the attack on his website that an entity calling itself The Impact Team” were the perpetrators of the Ashley Madison hack and that the group claimed to have accessed 37 million Ashley Madison user accounts containing sensitive information which included; first and last names, user names, hashed passwords, credit card data, street addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers as well as 9.6 million transaction records of Ashley Madison users.

Receiving notifications for closed email accounts: This has come up a bunch of times and I’ve actually received quite a number of personal emails about it. I don’t have a model for this right now and the difficulty is obviously that without access to an email account, you can’t verify it. What I’d encourage anyone interested in having a feature like this to do is capture your idea on the HIBP User Voice and do also please leave feedback on how you think this should work.

As we discussed immediately following the July 2015 breach (and in several later posts ) the data of some 36 million accounts was posted online It was reported by KrebsOnSecurity that the breach included the theft of user databases, financial records (including salary information), and other records from AshleyMadison, Cougar Life, and Established Men, three social networking web sites operated by the Toronto, Canada-based firm Avid Life Media, now known as Ruby Corp.

In its announcement about the settlement, New York State Attorney General Schneiderman stated that All companies have a responsibility to protect the privacy and personal information of consumers, and my office will continue to work with other state and federal authorities to protect consumers from online threats,” and that this settlement should send a clear message to all companies doing business online that reckless disregard for data security will not be tolerated.” In this case, a settlement of $17 million was negotiated, and with this settlement it is clear that the real cost of data breaches are increasing, and will continue to increase.

The original Ashley Madison breach back in 2015 had an unusually profound psychological effect for a cybersecurity crisis due to the sensitive nature of the platform (coupled with society’s doggedly retrograde attitudes toward monogamy and and infidelity, just saying.) The breach, in which scammers calling themselves the Impact Team” stole and later publicly released around 60 gigabytes of personal information from the website, was linked to at least two confirmed suicides and caused immeasurable damage to the personal and professional lives of millions of other users.