Now you can search the Ashley Madison cheaters list
It was only a matter of time. The stolen database of 32 million people who used cheating website Ashley Madison has Nike Outlet made its way to the Web. And it's easily searchable on several websites.
Just plug in a name or email address, and you'll find out if someone who signed up for the service.
Usually, hacked data is difficult to reach or sort through. Stolen files are posted on the Dark Web (which requires a special web browser called Tor). And they're traded on file sharing platforms (which also requires special software and clicking on dubious downloads).
But now anyone can check if his or her spouse was cheating just by filling out a form.
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Some people were idiotic enough to sign up using company and government Nike Air Max 2016 work email addresses, making them especially easy to positively identify. Army, 3,531 in the Navy, 1,114 Marines and 628 in the Air Force.
But it's difficult to verify the accuracy of these searching tools. But at least one tool, which searches by email address, returns accurate results. CNNMoney verified this Nike Outlet Online by plugging in email addresses of users it has independently verified.
The danger of being exposed is real. Adultery does, in fact, violate Uniform Code of Military Justice. It's a prosecutable offense that can land you a year in confinement and a dishonorable Nike Outlet discharge.
What about people who used Ashley Madison to engage in gay affairs? The website's users were worldwide, and there are 79 countries where homosexuality is illegal. In Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the punishment is death.
A quick search of a small subset of Ashley Madison users listed two in the United Arab Emirates. Their addresses are most likely legitimate, because they were tied to the credit card they used to pay for the service, according to one computer researcher.
This is what Tim Cook was talking about earlier this year when he said we don't live in a post privacy world. Absolute privacy of data still matters.
The Ashley Madison hack includes customer names, credit card data, physical addresses and sexual preferences. Some users were smart enough to use fake names. But financial data is legitimate. And in total, the data makes it easy to hunt someone down.
One of the search tools that lets you find people who used Ashley Madison's website. This information is incredibly revealing. For example, the database shows if a person was listed as a married "male seeking male" with a "someone I can teach" sexual fantasy looking for a "boy next door." Or an "attached female seeking male" with a "spanking" fantasy seeking "a Don Juan."
The listed sexual fantasies range from master/slave relationships to cross dressing and exhibitionism.
This hack proves that you need to exercise extreme caution if you're going to share your deepest, darkest secrets. Using your real name or payment information is a hazard. No website is impenetrable. Few websites practice good security standards. Even major American banks use second rate security.
That's why, in the fine print, Ashley Madison says, "We cannot ensure the security or privacy of information you provide through the Internet." Compare that to the lofty promise it makes on the website front door for "100% discreet service."
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