Ashley Madison proves data can destroy


According to police in Toronto, there have been two unconfirmed suicides reportedly associated with the leak of membership details from the online adultery website Ashley Madison. Simultaneously, businesses like Trustify are cashing in on the leak, allowing users to search the data dump of Ashley Madison logins, then offering its private investigator services to give distraught users ‘peace of mind’.

Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, is offering a $500K award for information leading to the arrest of the hackers, but it may want to rethink how it’s spending cash. As it currently stands, the company faces $500m in lawsuits filed by furious customers. While those involved are being shamed, threatened, and blackmailed, the New York Magazine reminds everyone why this hack and all the ones before it should scare us.

This originally appeared in Moving World Wednesday 20150826

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