Ashley Madison Settles With FTC Over Data Security

A story published here on July 12 about a new sextortion-based phishing scheme that invokes a real password used by each recipient has become the most-read piece on KrebsOnSecurity since this site launched in 2009. One excellent discreet feature on Ashley Madison is the ability to add a blur to your profile photo. Has 146 full-time employees who work on all three sites, but the main focus is Ashley Madison. No real Ashley Madison customer would have an Ashley Madison company email. If the site is not a scam I feel it is still a ripoff because the ratio of men to women seems to be way off if one woman receives 500 messages. By so doing, you get to separate your private messages from dating services, from other work-related emails.

It appears someone closely linked to the hacking gang that ransacked adultery website Ashley Madison has accidentally outed him or herself. Of course, if you were already on Ashley Madison and didn’t take any of these precautions, there’s not much you can do. So, one last time, the moral of the story is this: Don’t be sketchy on the Internet. With respect to the adequacy of ALM’s decision-making on selecting security measures, ALM noted that prior to the breach, it had, at one point, considered retaining external cybersecurity expertise to assist in security matters, but ultimately elected not to do so. In early 2015 it engaged a full time Director of Information Security.

Lawyers for technology companies began warning their clients to avoid requesting such information and, instead, to write terms of service prohibiting users under the age of 13, legal experts say. If you are a person who’s often on the app, know that unlike its desktop version, when buying credits, you have to process it through the iTunes or Google Play account. As expected, majority of the users of Ashley Madison were male, but surprisingly, the number of genuine female users aren’t as many as what they expected.

An Ernst & Young report commissioned by Avid and shared with Reuters confirmed that Avid used computer programs, dubbed fembots, that impersonated real women, striking up conversations with paying male customers. At least two Ashley Madison users reportedly dedicated suicide within the wake of the massive hack and celebrities similar to 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar had been publicly shamed for paying for an extramarital affairs web site. Well, no. Many of these fake profiles were created using valid email accounts, i.e. email addresses that belong to an actual person, not a honeypot.

Avid Life Media’s director of customer service, Carlos Nakhle, according to Gizmodo, then said the Angel profiles were used for market research, and members credits were not used to send messages. Details of more than one million people who signed up to adultery website Ashley Madison have been dumped on the Dark Web and, if it’s legit (we haven’t downloaded the data ourselves), peoples’ lives are inevitably going to be changed. The substantial difference compared to other dating sites is that in the case of Ashley Madison there is the explicit talk of people already in a relationship who want to betray their partner.