However, once you have access to the data you can look through it to check if the email address corresponds with the last four digits of your partner's credit card.This is perhaps the only way to be 100% sure that your spouse signed up with the intention of infidelity.This is what Tim Cook was talking about earlier this year when he said we don't live in a post-privacy world. The Ashley Madison hack includes customer names, credit card data, physical addresses and sexual preferences. This hack proves that you need to exercise extreme caution if you're going to share your deepest, darkest secrets. Even major American banks use second-rate security. As a hive of cheaters, it has long been the antagonist of betrayed spouses. And the company behind the website, Avid Life Media, knew it couldn't protect user data.
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.
Impact Team's ransom message is accompanied by the AC/DC song "Thunderstruck."July 19, 2015: Impact Team publishes their warning message on Pastebin, this time setting a 30 day window for Avid Life Media to shut down the sites before the information is released.
The warning is followed by an article from security journalist Brian Krebs announcing the Ashley Madison data breach.
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. And in total, the data makes it easy to hunt someone down. 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.
CNNMoney verified this by plugging in email addresses of users it has independently verified. Many of the cheaters exposed in this hack serve in the U. military, evident because they used email addresses that end in the domain.
Adultery does, in fact, violate Uniform Code of Military Justice.
It is advisable to be very sure of what you are doing when visiting torrent websites and downloading files, as this particular download may be attracting the attention of cybercriminals who will upload fakes riddled with malware.
With over 9.7 gigabytes of data in the files, downloading times can last several days depending on internet speeds.