First there was the hack of “Adult Friend Finder” and now “Ashley Madison”. Adult Friend Finder, which boast over 64 million users was hacked in March exposing the secrets of 3.5 million users. Included in the hack along with sexual preferences were user names, passwords, birthdays and zip codes of some members. More on the story from CNN here.
Ashely Madison caters to married folks who want cheat. The hackers, according to krebsonsecurity, are threatening release customer information that includes secret sexual fantasies along with credit card transactions, names, addresses, employee documents and emails. Ashely Madison has more than 37 million users that could be affected. According to CBS News the personal details of 2 subscribers has already been released.
Keep in mind when using sites of this type (no moral judgements) they are inviting targets for those looking to do wrong. Contain within is a treasure trove of information that could be damaging if released and potentially profitable to the “would be” blackmailer. One would expect these sites to be secure and private however, as evident in the spate of government and financial institution breaches a site that can’t be hacked is rare.