The group of hackers that previously stole massive amounts of user data from popular cheating website Ashley Madison appear to have carried out their threat to publish that data on the Internet , releasing almost 10 gigabytes containing numerous details about the site’s customers on Tuesday. Scammers target people across different demographics on every dating platform possible. That’s up a whopping 50 percent from the 36 million it claimed a little less than two years ago at the time of the cyberattack from The Impact Team” hacking group. For instance, there were 32 email addresses ending in "," which is linked to the aircraft carrier the USS John C. Stennis Indeed, more than 100 addresses were associated with carrier domains alone. Particularly inventive scammers may even trick you into sending them money by purportedly sending you a package that requires customs fees.
I haven’t checked any of my friends’ emails against the database, nor do I recommend you do, nor do I care what I would find – but just from observing the story and knowing a little about people, I could rattle off 10 or 12 reasons (some innocent, some not) why any given address might appear. Members are using usernames and do not share any personal contact data like email, address, or phone number. As they threatened to do , Impact Team has seemingly dumped the data from The data dump is 9.6 GB, and preliminary impressions by a number of people who have started to inspect it suggest that this is really the data.
Security researchers at email defense company VadeSecure discovered the scheme and published details in a blog post , saying that they had detected several hundred other similar emails targeting users in the United States, Australia, and India. Most analysts and tech experts are still combing through the data, but it’s possible emails are not the only compromised information. I’m against hacking, in general – I believe people deserve to have their privacy – but I do think it’s a just comeuppance for Ashley Madison.
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