Legendary Anti-virus software pioneer John McAfee has its own theory about the Ashley Madison hack.
The Ashley Madison data breach is still in the headlines as new details emerge. While exposed Ashley Madison users are getting ready to sue the company behind Ashley Madison, John McAfee has his own theory about the Ashley Madison hack.
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In an editorial posted on the International Business Times he claims that Ashley Madison was not hacked. The data was stolen by a woman working at Avid Life Media. McAfee bases his theory on analyzing the 40GB of leaked data. He says that it took him a week to analyze as he does not have access to a super computer.
McAfee wrote already back in July that hacker group claiming responsibility for the hack does not exist. Now he came to the conclusion that the perpetrator is a woman who has recently worked within Avid Life Media.
He makes the argument that the type of stolen data requires intimate knowledge of the technology stack. Further more the presence of specific documents including the stock option agreements mean that the hacker knew where to find these.
The explanation why McAfee thinks the perpetrator is a woman utilize questionable stereotypes. "As to gender of the perpetrator, there were a number of telling signs in the manifestos. The most telling was a statement calling men "scumbags" (for those readers that don't speak American/Canadian English, this is a word that only a woman would ever use to describe men). In a separate section, the perpetrator describes men as cheating dirtbags. I think in any language this would suggest that a woman is speaking," says McAfee.
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John McAfee has been a controversial figure over the past years. His take on the Ashley Madison hack has gone somewhat viral. I just heard it discussed on Austrian Radio. It would be hilarious if his theory turns out to be true.