Ashley Madison: how could the data be used?

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Infamous infidelity dating site Ashley Madison suffered and “intrusion” as reported in a statement from Avid Life Media Inc. on Monday. Suspicions are pointing to an insider attack.

The statement from Avid Life Media Inc. can be found here and also indicates that “a thorough investigation” was “immediately launched” following the breach.

This didn’t stop the cybercrims getting away with customer data for around 37 million users, including names, email addresses and sexual fantasies (oh my!).

Brian Krebs has reported that some of that data has already appeared online but only a small amount, just as a threat and as proof that they have more.

The ‘they’ in question goes by the name ‘Impact Team’ and they have demanded the immediate closure of Ashley Madison and Established Men, another website owned by Avid Life Media, or they will release the rest of the data.


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Avid Life Media believe that they have suffered an attack from the inside: the much feared ‘insider threat’. Mark James, ESET IT security specialist, agrees that it’s possible.