August 19, 2015
A the hack group called Impact Team threatened the site Ashley Madison and Established Men that they’d release their data. Like any good teen soap opera, the threat was planted and now it’s blossomed. We’re not condoning internet witch hunting, by any means, but here’s what you should know about the data that was released.
The group sent an email with a very chain letter looking intro that reads “TIME’S UP!” in large block letters. The email goes on to explain that since AM didn’t take down their site like they had asked, the data was now being released to the world. Pretty cruel trick considering the data includes credit card numbers, addresses, and names of all the cheaters that used Ashley Madison.
The email also goes on to say “Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles…Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site but never had one.” I’m not sure that would make a wife feel much better. It’s the thought that counts, right?
Not long after the data was released, a reddit discussion started to discuss the hack and included men whose names were exposed during the data dump. Yes, very smart. When one popular internet site fails you, go to a more popular internet site to discuss. Haven’t they learned anything? The discussion has since been taken down since it violates Reddit’s rules, but some of the comments include: “How do we make requests to Impact Team? I want someone to go find them on Dark Web and ask them to get rid of students…” Sure, that’s what you’re requesting.
The only paradox to this data dump is that the only way to find out if your significant other is on the site is to search this massive data dump, but if you suspect he’s cheating then something’s not right anyway. Like going through a phone looking for suspicious texts, the whole thing sounds like a trap. Hopefully everyone’s learned their lesson from this debacle and also um, assume that your information is never private because it isn’t.