Looks like we are back with another insightful Ashley Madison topic. The hacker group known as the Impact Team wanted to make things clear as to why the hacked the site: blackmail. No, they were not some customers who were disappointed by the service, but people who apparently took interest in the site because it was blackmailing its own customers.
The “discrete” site suffered from a hack in July and the entire situation snowballed into a detailed reveal of people who were using the platform to cheat on their “loved ones”. Ashley Madison, which is owned by Avid Life Media, lost confidential information on its 38 million users and can now officially add an extra line to its “Life is short. Have an affair” motto: “Have an affair. Get hacked. Let everybody know.”
This Impact Team is a group who boldly came up and admitted to have been behind the hack and were not slow to post details about the platform’s users. The deal was simple: close the service and we won’t reveal anything. Avid Life did not bother to think about it, so now email addresses, real names, credit card details, they are all available for the world to see. You even have sexual preferences leaked if you are interested.
The Impact Group declared that the hack was relatively easy. It took a long time to accomplish (around 7 years), but it was completely undetectable. When they got in, the game was over. The Team even proceeded to humiliate the platform by saying it was “bad”. It is rather ironic if we think about a site which prided itself for being 100 percent secure and “discreet”.
There is a little mercy combined with ruthlessness in their approach. They claim to have an approximate 300GB of data about everything: emails, documents, pictures and other important information. They did say that around 30% of these photos are indecent, so those will not be thrown on the internet, but the communication that occurred in between the site’s executives is not safe at all.
The most worrying issue is related to blackmailing. There were employees who were given instructions to create fake profiles with attractive women which would “bait” male users into subscribing. The Impact Team also mentioned that there were some scams here and there that would make subscribers pay additional cash for no reason. Hanging out with inactive partners anyone?
All in all, it looks like the Impact Team did it for the greater good. They declared that they “did it to stop the next 60 million” subscribers. So they did expose people who were exploiting other people, something that should not occur under our noses ever again.
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