Do you use dating sites?
If you do be scared, be very scared. You join these companies and give them your email, credit card and REAL details about you. But, its safe right? I mean they good security, especially the big ones. What could go wrong?
Ask customers at Ashley Madison and around 37 million of them may now disagree with that statement. The site was dramatically hacked and VERY personal details have been stolen by hackers.
Already the fall out is broken marriages and relationships and even suicide. The Ashley Madison site is for people who want to cheat on their other half and those they meet are cheaters too. In theory its a bit of fun with no worry about being caught out, as you are dealing with like minded people.
Apart from the millions of accounts hacked it has also come to light that a huge volume of women on the site were fake. They were made up by outsourcers to make it look a little more even for the men.
So, what do you do to avoid being one of those names being hacked? Of course, an alias is the answer, but when it comes to paying for the service you will use your credit card or Paypal. The names might not match.
As hackers get more and more sophisticated it becomes the duty of sites to up their game and it becomes our duty to protect ourselves better with an online alter ego.
From Global News
While its site appeared to be working normally Monday morning, an online security blog, KrebsOnSecurity.com, posted what appeared to be a screenshot of the site’s home page late Sunday bearing a message from those allegedly behind the hack.
“We are the Impact Team. We have taken over all systems in the entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails,” the message said, according to Krebs, before going on to demand that Ashley Madison, as well as another Avid Life Media site – EstablishedMen.com – be shut down.
“Shutting down AM and EM will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” the message said.
“We will release all customer records, profiles with all customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.”
Whoever hacked the sites claimed they did so to expose alleged lies Ashley Madison told customers about a service that allows members to erase profile information for a $19 fee, Krebs reported.
But Avid Life said the allegations about the “paid-delete” option on Ashley Madison were false.
“The ‘paid-delete’ option offered by AshleyMadison.com does in fact remove all information related to a member’s profile and communications activity,” it said. “The process involves a hard-delete of a requesting user’s profile, including the removal of posted pictures and all messages sent to other system users’ email boxes.”