One in five Ottawans is registered on Ashley Madison

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

One in five Ottawa residents allegedly subscribed to adulterers’ website Ashley Madison, making one of the world’s coldest capitals among the hottest for extra-marital hookups – and the most vulnerable to a breach of privacy after hackers targeted the site.Ashley Madison, a website to help “cheating spouses find a fling online”, has been hacked by a group called The Impact Team, which has threatened to post user information online if the website is not shut down.

AshleyMadison.com, the infidelity website which has been struggling to launch a London IPO, can kiss goodbye plans for a listing this year, banking sources said on Tuesday, as hackers threatened to publish names and salacious details about its clients unless the website shuts itself down. 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. The website’s Canadian parent hoped to raise up to $200 million by listing its shares in London this year, five years after a lack of investor appetite caused it to cancel an attempt to list at home. The group had taken over Ashley Madison’s Canadian parent Avid Media systems, including customer databases, source code, financial records and emails, according to a screen grab shown on the KrebsOnSecurity blog. 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”.

The sleepy city, with a population of around 883,000 boasts 189,810 users, according to Avid Life Media, the Toronto-based company that owns the service. Have an affair.” The data breach, bad for any company that has a repository of confidential customer data, could be disastrous for one whose business model is based on complete confidentially. “The doomsday scenario for Ashley Madison is if the hackers take all the names and addresses, correlates them to real people and prints addresses and phone numbers.

The one bright spot for millions of Ashley Madison’s nervous clients is that the hack appears to be an inside job, according to police and intelligence sources. 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.” 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. The banker said that because of those concerns the valuation was less than other businesses on the Internet and in the tech industry. “Over the years, they tried to do a lot of things to try to monetize the asset,” the banker said. “Ultimately, they decided to just hang on to it, as opposed to try to sell it. A former employee sued Avid Life, saying she had developed debilitating wrist pain, insomnia and anxiety while writing 1,000 fake profiles for a Brazilian version of Ashley Madison, according to court records.

Investment bankers wrestled with it because it’s a very, very profitable business.” Avid Life spokesman Paul Keable said it was too early to estimate the damage to the company’s business model or IPO plans from the breach. 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 report pointed out how users were offered options like Hide Profile (which caused the profile to be hidden and a basic deactivation) and Full Delete which saw total removal of data, messages, personal history, etc from the site. 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. 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.

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AdultFriendFinder did not reveal the nature of the data security breach and had said that it was investigating the incident with law enforcement agencies. Crisis communications experts said Avid Life had made a smart move in quickly saying it may know who was behind the hack, removing some uncertainty from the situation for its clients. The fact that user data was compromised and the hackers allegations that ALM does not delete credit card information which is linked to other things like address and name, highlights privacy concerns. The incident is another example of how companies tend to treat user data and the lack of transparency that needs to change, even if it is around adults who are potential cheaters.

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