Impact Team, the hackers claiming to be behind the Ashley Madison data breach, have published private information on the 32 million registered users on the site.
The information has been catalogued in a search format, allowing any snoopers to quickly find the email address. This allows employers, friends, police and the military to check in and see if anyone has committed adultery.
The military prohibits adultery, with anywhere between one year confinement and dishonorary discharge. Several hundred military addresses were used, although it is unclear if those people signed up or if the email was misused.
Ashley Madison never asked for email confirmation, meaning someone could take a friend or public email address and use it. As with anything, not everyone is in the wrong. Many relationships are open; there are also people on the site that are not in a relationship.
The vast quantity of information leaked means at least some families are about to see changes. We expect for a lot of men and women, the writing was on the wall and this is the final straw.
Ashley Madison will most likely face hundreds of lawsuits because of the breach of trust. The site’s owner has repeatedly said the site is safe and secure, with information removed once the user has deleted the account.
This doesn’t appear to be the case, and Ashley Madison will no doubt be under severe pressure to compensate users whose information has been leaked.
It is not the biggest data breach in the past 12 months, but it is certainly the juiciest for gossip.