The news broke a couple of days ago that Ashley Madison, the social media site for cheating, had been hacked and that the huge database of Ashley Madison names of users was released to the web.
Jim Boykin and Ann Smarty are discussing possible consequences of the hack, its impact on Internet marketing and online privacy. Ashley Madison hack is likely to be the biggest news of this year.
The files include account details for about 32 million users of the social networking site helping married men and women find partners to cheat.Imagine: Your sexual preferences, address, name, phone number... are on the web FOREVERClick To Tweet
The data released by the hackers includes names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, payment history, “personal” preferences, last four digits of credit card numbers, etc. Much of that data is fake of course, but there may be at least 1 million people who can be traced using this data: This means hundreds and thousands of divorces, viral stories, etc.
One analysis of email addresses found in the data dump also shows that some 15,000 are .mil. or .gov addresses.AshleyMadison the data dump includes about 15,000 are .mil. or .gov addresses (!)Click To Tweet
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The story of the first scandal victim is already viral: It’s covered in much detail here.
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