Ashley Madison Were Cheaters Before They Were Hacked
Dating sites are a rip off- right? Well, we probably know that. but humans being humans we hope that we will meet the partner of our dreams, after all our information is secure and safe and wives and girlfriends will never find out. Wrong, oh so wrong.
The recent chaos from Ashley Madison shows we cannot, and must not trust these dating sites with our privileged information. We all know that 33 million customers have had their information taken and the CEO has resigned. How noble of the man, after all it was the security issue that made him stand down and leave with a little dignity.
Actually, that is only part of the story. He left also because he allowed hacking of his competitors and he also manipulated the service by inflating by probably millions the number of women on the service. Most of the women profiles, or at least a huge significant amount, were fake. So, all those wanting a bit on the side were getting nowhere.
Not only did customers get cheated by hackers, but also the service never was what was what it appeared to be. How many marriages and relationships have been destroyed by this? According to some paperes many suicides have also have occured as a direct result of these leaks.
Time to manage your online identity more effectively.
From Kerb on Security
“They did a very lousy job building their platform. I got their entire user base,” Bhatia told Biderman via email, including in the message a link to a Github archive with a sample of the database. “Also, I can turn any non-paying user into a paying user, vice versa, compose messages between users, check unread stats, etc.”
Neither Bhatia nor Biderman could be immediately reached for comment. KrebsOnSecurity.com spoke with Bhatia last week after the Impact Team made good on its threat to release the Ashley Madison user database. At the time, Bhatia was downplaying the leak, saying that his team of investigators had found no signs that the dump of data was legitimate, and that it looked like a number of fake data dumps the company had seen in the weeks prior. Hours later, the leak had been roundly confirmed as legitimate by countless users on Twitter who were able to find their personal data in the cache of account information posted online.
The leaked Biderman emails show that a few months before Bhatia infiltrated Nerve.com, AshleyMadison’s parent firm — Avid Life Media — was approached with an offer to partner with and/or invest in the property. Email messages show that Bhatia initially was interested enough to offer at least $20 million for the company along with a second property called flirts.com, but that AshleyMadison ultimately declined to pursue a deal.