ASHLEY MADISON: Life Is Short. I have looked at over 1800 profiles of women on this site, and none of them were real people. Most analysts and tech experts are still combing through the data, but it’s possible emails are not the only compromised information. So either Biderman is a terrible marketer who has deluded himself that women will use Ashley Madison despite all evidence to the contrary; or he’s a brilliant fraudster who knows exactly what he’s doing with his marketing and site design.
Therefore, one needs to purchase credits to pay for each message. It would seem that the only members of Ashley Madison who aren’t inundated by spam and randos are women who seek trysts with other women or couples. Nor does ALM’s approach take into account the interests of the individuals, which includes non-users whose email addresses are used without consent and who may receive an ‘unwelcome’ communication from ALM that falsely associates them (in their eyes, and the eyes of others) with the company’s services.
It works just like dozens of other password resets you’ve seen: you enter in your email, and if you’re in the database, they’ll send a link to create a new password. The breach of the vBulletin message board impacted over 17k individual users and exposed email addresses see this page, usersnames and salted MD5 passwords. The unofficial analysis of the hacked accounts by the unnamed programmer referenced in the Wired article, who goes by the username “@tx0x0” on Twitter, includes a total of 15,019 email addresses ending in “.mil” or “.gov.” Some appear to be suspect, erroneous or outright fake.
They’ve hinged their entire existence on privacy,” says Mark Brooks, a dating-industry analyst and the editor of Online Personals Watch. However, many services allow personal information such as real name and photo to be retrieved via email address, for example both Facebook and LinkedIn enable this. But even if they’d checked their messages only once, the field contained a date and time. The spam” in question was coming from a tool that we released for our users to check to see if they were personally named in the leak.