Ashley Madison latest: ex-CTO may have hacked competitor, suicides could be linked to leak and more

By Shawn Knight · 14 replies
Aug 25, 2015
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  1. The Ashley Madison saga has taken a sobering turn for the worse as police in Toronto are investigating whether two recent suicides may be linked to the high-profile hack and subsequent publishing of personal data on more than 30 million current and former members of the dating site.

    Toronto Police Superintendent Bryce Evans said during a recent news conference that details regarding both deaths are sparse at this time. Authorities are also attempting to track down those responsible for the attack, we're told.

    If you recall, a group going by the name The Impact Team has taken responsibility for the hack and data dump. McAfee founder John McAfee believes he has a pretty good idea of who pulled off the job.

    According to McAfee, signs suggest the data was stolen by a former female employee that worked for Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison. McAfee pointed to “reliable sources within the Dark Web” that have yet to fail him and analysis of the hacker(s) manifesto to come to the conclusion that The Impact Team isn’t a team at all but a lone wolf.

    In related news, e-mails from the massive data dump suggest Ashley Madison’s former CTO found a vulnerability in the website of competitor that allowed him to lift the company’s data base, alter records, turn non-paying members into paying members and more.

    Wired notes that Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman discussed whether or not he should inform of the vulnerability. Iit’s unclear if he ever did.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    Ok, I had to read this a couple of times. So 3 stories in one.

    1. People killing themselves possibly linked to their dirty secrets becoming public.
    2. John McAfee thinks he knows who has done it (even though his anti-virus program still sucks)
    3. Ashley Madison’s former CTO knew how to hack
    wastedkill and insect like this.
  3. Did I misread or is the title of this article:
    Ashley Madison latest: Cleaning of the Gene Pool?

    Or perhaps that's what I thought about those committing suicide after they were discovered?
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,681   +1,080

    read my reply and let me know if that clears things up
  5. Ziffel

    Ziffel TS Booster Posts: 75   +62

    Dunno about the rest of you, but I'm getting really sick of seeing that girl holding her finger to her lips on about every freakin' site on the internet. Enough with this 'story' already.
    wastedkill, p51d007 and stewi0001 like this.
  6. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,400

    I hope all my Ashley Madison partners don't find out I lied about being married
    wastedkill likes this.
  7. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Evangelist Posts: 1,920   +755

    Absolutely agree.

    Anyone who thinks their data is safe anywhere on the internet, including such "benign" sites as Amazon, is delusional, IMHO. All one can do is limit the amount of data that one puts out there; however, those subscribing to a site like Ashley Madison are especially asking to be exposed as their actions, by their choice, are contrary to the best of human nature. If it were not some hacker, or some disgruntled former employee, it would be some religious zealot on a mission from God.

    So you mean you are really not married? :D
    Ziffel likes this.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Why would they care? Initially they only cared about your money, not protecting your personal data and now they're only cared about extricating themselves from this mess.
  9. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Grand Inquisitor Posts: 4,736   +3,757

    She's hot, so I give her a pass. It's not her fault - it's genetics.
    wastedkill likes this.
  10. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    I dunno what to make of McAfee's mutterings. As far as I know he is one very shady character and not creditable at all.
  11. yRaz

    yRaz Nigerian Prince Posts: 2,306   +1,400

    it was a troll post, you should know me by now
    Skidmarksdeluxe likes this.
  12. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,304   +648

    If people had MORALS, sites like that would not exist. If you are faithful to your spouse or boyfriend/girlfriend, then you wouldn't be worrying yourself about cyber leaks.
    We as a society, have crawled down in the sewer, and we are "shocked" when it bites us in the
    rear. You reap, what you sew!
  13. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Evangelist Posts: 925   +284

    Humans have always had problems being monogamous, probably since we were never really set to be that way. Regardless it has never been our strong point and things like this has always been around, that is why prostitution is one of the oldest jobs on the planet. It is not new to our society (if you think so you have a very rosy view of the past) and we have never been out of the "sewers" as you say. Just a quick FYI but it is sow not sew since the saying has to do with sowing seeds and reaping the harvest.
    GeforcerFX likes this.
  14. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,274

    Troll? Never!!! It's something I'd never do. :D
  15. GeforcerFX

    GeforcerFX TS Evangelist Posts: 565   +179

    I always like how many people can't go back much more then 100-200 years in history. Numerically we have more people on earth today then ever and we are killing less and less of each other (even though technology has made it easier), we do more to help one another then ever before in history and mutual respect among races is better then it's ever been( though still not "perfect"), but the world is definitely worse...

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