How to find out if someone has or was on Ashley Madison? There are search engines for that.
Despite all efforts, there is stolen Ashley Madison user data. The hackers of the high profile heist in July have released 9.7GB worth of data on the dark web. Now the first sites appear that offer an easy to use search interface to find out if someone is or was an Ashley Madison user.
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When the hack got public, the company behind Ashley Madison said the hack was contained and the stolen user data of 39 million was removed from the web. Apparently the hackers kept a copy offline. They waited almost to the day 1 month to release the full load. The data is not only including user data but also internal Ashley Madison documents.
Buzzfeed for instance found a document that revealed that Ashley Madison made $1.7 million from the full delete feature in 2014.
To find out if someone you know was an Ashley Madison user there are several sites now that offer a search function. Of course if you are an Ashley Madison user it makes sense to check if your data has been stolen. Some users report that credit data is included in the stolen data. Ashley Madison is though denying that this is possible as they don't store credit card data.
The Ashley Madison hack search engines include CheckAshleyMadison, Trustify and cynic.al. Use these sites at your own risk! Note that Ashley Madison did not require users to verify their email addresses. This means that someone could have used someone else's email address. We cannot confirm if these are legit and trustworthy. Some sites already state warnings how overloaded they are. We do not accept any responsibility providing links to these sites. These sites operate on allegedly stolen data.
Journalists are already all over the data to try to find celebrities or politicians registered at Ashley Madison. The Hill reports that there are 15,000 government email accounts in the leaked Ashley Madison data.
The Ashley Madison hack scandal has just started all over again, but this time the rubber hits the road.
Accessing the Ashley Madison blog to get updates on the situation is difficult. We are just getting CDN errors right now. The last media statement from Ashley Madison about the leaked data is from yesterday.
The company condemns the leak and calls it a criminal act. Quote: "It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities. The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world. We are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law."
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The company calls on people who know anything about the hack to contact them.