37 Million Married People Secrets are Going Public – Ashley Madison site is Breached

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ACCOUNTS OF 37,000,000 MEMBERS SECRETS ARE BEING OUTED

About 37,000,000 people who have accounts on the married affair site Ashley Madison as well as its partner sites, Cougar Life and Established Men, all owned by Canada’s Avid Life Media (ALM) are tap dancing to figure out if their secrets will be discovered.  The affair site that keeps secrets, so you thought, of looking for an extra marital affair was hacked and user information such as names, credit card details – internal company files and documents appears to been compremised.  ALM confirms the breach and currently it is unknown how many people have had their personal information from the extra marital affairs site’s out in the wild.

PAYING TO DELETE USER INFORMATION DOES NOT MEAN IT WENT POOF

For a $19 fee, a  “Full Delete” would happen from the ALM site.  This full delete made ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014.  The Impact Team who hacked ALM claims to have access to the company’s user database and is threatening to release all of the information unless the site is taken down.  The hacking group stated in a manifesto, that the complete removal of information even after you pay for full removal does not go actual go away.  Its a lie.  Users almost always pay with their credit card and their purchase details are not actually removed as promised by ALM.  The information that stays include real name and address, which is the most important and damaging information the users want removed.

ALM DENIES HACKERS CLAIMS

ALM denied the hackers allegations stating “Contrary to media reports and the accusations posted online by a cyber criminals, the ‘paid-delete’ option offered by AshleyMadison.com does in fact remove all information related to a member’s profile and communications activity.”  ALM also added that due to the hacking, it is now offering its full-delete option at no cost to users.

In 2014, Ashley Madison revenue was $115 million which came from a large growth of female users.  Revenue was projected for 2015 to top $150 million.

Ashley Madison was looking at a $200 million initial public offering on the London exchange later this year, though two weeks ago, they stated they have found a better option to keep it private.

We will see how many marriages may be in trouble if the information gets out.  Tap shoes sales will be strong I have a feeling.

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