I thought the Ashley Madison website was either a scam or a porn site. Turns out it was both now that their secrets have been purloined and they're facing blackmail threats. See Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked.
Anyone who suspects that just about anything put online can eventually be hacked -- from baby pics to government held medical information -- got some more confirmation they maybe they aren't just paranoid. Maybe someone really can get to the information.
The clincher is the claim by the hackers that the site didn't fulfill its promise to customers that they could delete their information. To wit:
According to the hackers, although the “full delete” feature that Ashley Madison advertises promises “removal of site usage history and personally identifiable information from the site,” users’ purchase details — including real name and address — aren’t actually scrubbed.
“Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie,” the hacking group wrote. “Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed.”
Hmmm. I have this image of the guy signing up for the Ashley Madison. He's George Castanza pretending to be married to better his chances of getting lucky.
Meanwhile, ijreview.com has a sampling of some tweeted responses. The best:
Dear Ashley Madison, 37 million people now know what it feels like to be betrayed by someone they trusted, how ironic.