Ashley Madison most popular in Ottawa as private eyes, divorce lawyers see …

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2.7 lakh Indians at risk after cheating website Ashley Madison gets hacked: Report.

The exposure prompted a business boom for the divorce lawyers and private investigators in the capital city, which is Ashley Madison’s No. 1 Canadian hookup hub and potentially the site’s highest per capita globally. WHILE an estimated 1 million Australians were presumably nervous wrecks on Tuesday in the wake of the Ashley Madison data hack, there was another concentrated cluster of cheaters wringing their hands on the other side of the world.More than one million British adulterers could be at risk of blackmail after an online dating service which helps users cheat on their partners suffered a major cyber attack. The hackers — furious over Ashley Madison’s delete system that allegedly doesn’t permanently delete users’ info — stole personal and financial data from the site’s 37 million subscribers. One in five Ottawa residents are allegedly subscribed to the cheating website, according to figures provided by the Toronto-based company, whose slogan is “Life Is Short.

Ashley Madison, the website which has the tagline ‘life is short, have an affair’, could also face multiple class action lawsuits from its 37.5 million customers across the world. Hackers who go by the name, ‘The Impact Team’ claim that to have personal details of more than 37 million cheating spouses and have threatened to release nude photos and sexual fantasies of the site’s clients unless it is shut down. Ken Westin, Senior Analyst at cybersecurity company Tripwire said: “Information associated with adult services has the potential to ruin lives, be used for blackmail or even espionage purposes if government officials are involved.” The hackers posted a threat saying they were angered by the website charging users £15 to remove their details from the website once they had cancelled their account. The hackers also demanded the closure of another of Avid Life Media’s sites, sugar-daddy site “Established Men”, but did not target the company’s “CougarLife” site, which caters for women members looking for “a young stud”.

In its latest statement, Ashley Madison said its customers’ privacy is of the “utmost concern”, and that it is now offering its “full delete” option free to any member, in light of the hack. ALM faced a huge hack this week from a group called the Impact Team, exposing 37 million users’ data in a demand to take down Ashley Madison and sister site EstablishedMen.com. According to a report by Time of India, Avid Life Media has refused to elaborate on how many Indian users might get affected or, how many users from India have deleted their accounts after the breach. The hacking collective, which called itself “The Impact Team,” busted into the site earlier this week and immediately posted some of the private information online. Pulina Whitaker, a partner at Morgan Lewis, said: “Canada has very tight data protection laws, and British victims should be able to get redress through the Canadian courts and join a class action suit.” Privacy lawyer David Fraser told CBC News that in Canada, there is a precedent for protecting class-action participants’ identities, so users of the site would not necessarily “out” themselves if they took part, but they may need to prove financial loss in order to claim damages.

Ottawa marriage counsellor Nataxja Cini said the city was full of professionals with demanding careers, many in government, which could put a strain on relationships. In a newspaper report published earlier this year, Biderman admitted that capital cities usually top subscription rates for the adulterous service. “Why do you think everyone goes to Montreal to have a good time?” Kary, who refused to give her last name, told Reuters. “Ottawa is the city fun forgot.” But being part of a stable family was still seen as a badge of success, and so an Ashley Madison subscription may be preferable to a divorce “In a blue collar city, they’re not going to use a website, they’re going to do it at a bar,” said Kary, 38. “[In Ottawa], you can’t run the risk of someone seeing you at a bar doing that.” John Sullivan is a private investigator whose company Triangle Investigations Agency primarily investigates adultery. Jack Izzard, Director, Rhizome PR, argued that despite their previous PR stance, the hack will hit the brand hard: “It’s ironic then that a company that has lived by the sword may now die by it. “This hack is an instant passion killer, equivalent to hearing your other half’s key in the front door. It’s not clear if the waived removal fee will deter the hackers from releasing more of the stolen data. “My God, my phones will be busy,” private investigator John Sullivan told the Ottawa Sun. “There’s a lot of very nervous people walking the street.” “I saw the story last night and my partner came in this morning and said, ‘Forget about same-sex marriages doubling the practice.

The hacking group states that, “Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed.” They also said that a “paid delete” function will not remove all information about a member’s profile and communications. People who are suspicious their spouse is cheating on them hire a PI to accumulate evidence in case they divorce. “Where the information is helpful is it becomes leverage to negotiate a better settlement for the client,” Mr Sullivan said.

Though, the report says that select documents from the company’s file servers, executives’ Google drives and emails that were dumped on websites such as gitlab, bitbucket, launchpad and imgur appear to have been removed. The hackers claim to have stolen sensitive information from every user. “We’re on the doorstep of (confirming) who we believe is the culprit,” he told cybersecurity expert Bryan Krebs Sunday. “I’ve got their profile right in front of me, all their work credentials. As of now, the dating website company has reportedly hired UK cybersecurity firm Sycura to investigate the breach and is working with police to trace those behind the attack. Dr Helen Fisher is a biological anthropologist and human behaviour researcher who has studied romantic interpersonal attraction for more than 30 years. “We make all kinds of decisions about how we’re going to lead our love lives; and the vast majority of people have found that it’s a whole lot easier, if you pick the right person and fall in love with that persona, to stick with that person, because the human brain is simply not built to share,” she told CNN. “We want a deep trust and attachment to somebody, we want to feel electric romantic energy when we’re with them and we want to crave them sexually, we want all three systems operating 100 per cent all the time,” she said. “You can go back to Jerry Springer and Maury Povich to understand our enjoyment of it, that moment when the woman raises a chair about to hit the guy. In an interview with KrebsOnSecurity, Avid Life Chief Executive Noel Biderman was cited as saying the company suspected someone who had access to internal networks as being behind the breach.

We are fascinated with people who lie and deceive the people that they love,” she said. “It’s scary, because everyone who is in a relationship goes, ‘What if that was my partner?’” But while a cheating scandal is juicy from the sidelines, Dr Goldstein questions whether Ashley Madison’s members should be publicly named and shamed. “There are so many different types of relationships these days. We have to be careful about jumping on the self-righteous high horse, because we don’t know if their relationship was open to other people, or if their partner knows and they’ve both decided to just deal with it and get on with their lives,” she said. Tags: Ashley Madison, Ashley Madison compromised, Ashley Madison hack information, Ashley Madison hacked, Ashley Madison hackers, Ashley Madison India, Ashley Madison Indians

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