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Ashley Madison throws US$11.2m on the bed to mop up leak affair

Dating site for cheaters Ashley Madison has thrown US$11.2 million on the bed to make its 2015 data leak go away. The site, which used the slogan “Life is short, have an affair”, was infamously hacked in 2015, lost millions of users' records, prompting a denial from Conservative MP listed in the trove and prompting face-palms- …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Jul 2017

Hacked hookup site Ashley Madison's security was laughable

Ruby Corp, the rebranded parent company of illicit-affair-arranging outfit Ashley Madison, has had to enter into court-enforceable orders with privacy authorities in Canada and Australia, following the findings of a joint investigation in the two countries. After the company was hacked by Impact Team, it was pretty clear that …
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Speaking in Tech: Pokemon – the internet spills over into real life

Podcast speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week in El Reg's weekly techcast roundup, Sarah and Eddie chase down Pokémon, Ashley Madison, Privacy Shield and Theranos. Their special guest this week is Michael Coté, Director of Technical Marketing at Pivotal to jump into the future of Platform as a Service (PaaS …
Team Register, 13 Jul 2016
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FTC wants a date with Ashley Madison's fembots

The US Federal Trade Commission has decided to add Ashley Madison's “fembots” to the company's long list of woes. The existence of the fembots – fake profiles used to keep men on the “Life is short, have an affair” forking out funds in case they got lucky – was revealed after the infamous hack of the site. The investigation …
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Secret shaggers, rejoice! Now you can blame that Hyatt credit card bill on hackers

Hyatt Hotels Corporation says it “recently identified malware on computers that operate the payment processing systems for Hyatt-managed locations.” The hotelier says “As soon as we discovered the activity, we launched an investigation and engaged leading third-party cyber security experts.” The chain's asking customers to …
Simon Sharwood, 24 Dec 2015
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Ashley Madison blackmailers try again with snail mail

Five months after the adulterer-friendly dating website Ashley Madison was spectacularly hacked, it seems blackmailers are still trying to dig their claws into people who signed up to the site. blackmail Blackmail by post? How 20th century According to security blogger Graham Cluley, some former members of the site are now …
Iain Thomson, 15 Dec 2015

UK gets the Ashley Madison fear: Data privacy moans on the up

Consumer complaints about the way personal data is handled increased by 30 per cent from 2013 to 2014, according to figures from Pinsent Masons, acquired via several Freedom of Information requests to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO). Complaints about the security of personal information rose from 886 in 2013 to 1, …
John Leyden, 5 Oct 2015
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Ashley Madison lawsuit drops GoDaddy and Amazon as defendants

Amazon and GoDaddy have been dropped as defendants in an ongoing lawsuit over hosted data from have-an-affair site Ashley Madison – as the plaintiffs try and force offending websites to delete the data ahead of any future trial. As we reported last week, three John Doe plaintiffs filed a complaint against Amazon Web Services, …

Cracktivists pop 11 MEELLION Ashley Madison passwords

It has been claimed that 11 million of the leaked passwords contained in the Ashley Madison data dumps have been cracked by a group of researchers operating under the name "CynoSure Prime". The cracking lays waste to Ashley Madison's remaining security street credibility, as the disgraced site used the lauded bcrypt …
Darren Pauli, 11 Sep 2015

Former Ashley Madison CTO 'threatens security blogger with libel action'

Investigative crime journo Brian Krebs says he has received a threatening letter from a lawyer representing Ashley Madison's ex-CTO Raja Bhatia. The letter, we're told, accuses the pro-blogger of libeling the former exec in an online article. For legal reasons, we cannot at this time repeat Krebs' specific allegations against …
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Ashley Madison made dumb security mistakes, researcher says

A “ten minute search” by a security bod has provided some hints about the coding errors that might lie behind the now-infamous Ashley Madison hack. While the author doesn't make the specific claim that these mistakes lie behind the Ashley Madison hack, it hints at the kind of inattention that opens sites to attack. The London …

Amazon, GoDaddy get sueball for hosting Ashley Madison data

Amazon and GoDaddy are being sued for handling stolen Ashley Madison data by three of the affair-enabling site's customers. Three John Doe plaintiffs have filed a complaint (PDF) against Amazon Web Services, GoDaddy, and 20 John Roes (anonymous defendants), in the Arizona District Court, for "intentionally inflicting emotional …
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Attention sysadmins! Here’s how to dodge bullets in a post-Ashley Madison world

If the Ashley Madison saga has taught us one thing – well, many things, but one main thing – it was never, ever, ever use a work email account for personal pursuits online. Once trawled, data from the leaked site revealed that thousands of those with Ashley Madison accounts – presumably men, given the site’s overwhelming …
Stuart Burns, 7 Sep 2015
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You tried to hide your extramarital affair … by putting it on the web?

Something for the Weekend, Sir? What’s your name, chuck, and where do you come from? “My name’s William, Cilla, but my friends call me WILLY eheh heh heh and I’m from HORNY Hornsea!” (Studio audience cheers noisily for no obvious reason) And you, number two? “My name’s ROD uhuh huh huh, and I’m from uhuh huh huh SHAFTesbury.” (Studio audience …

Reg readers select infosec A-Team to save Ashley Madison

It’s a week since – with some prescience – we launched a poll to find out who, in the wide world of IT and beyond, might be man (or woman) enough to rescue troubled infidelity site Ashley Madison. Hours later self-styled “King of Infidelity” Noel Biderman quit as chief exec of Avid Life Media, the parent firm of Ashley Madison …
John Leyden, 4 Sep 2015

Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'

A Reg reader named Dave*, who admits to having been a member of Ashley Madison, has sent us the letter he received from blackmailers. Dave was in the early stages of a divorce when he signed up and “was separated … never paid, only looked at single women while deciding whether to pay to contact them, so zero fucks given.” The …

Oz public service reminds staff: don't use work e-mails on 'affair' sites

The Australian public service has weighed in on the Ashley Madison hack, warning government staff not to register with their work e-mails or use office 'net connections. At the same time, however, the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) has cast doubt on the veracity of at least some of the e-mails published in the …
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Ashley Madison hack miscreants may have earned $6,400 from leak

Some blackmail attempts against victims of the ongoing Ashley Madison saga resulted in several – albeit modest – pay outs, according to new research. Extortionists seized on the data dump of the cheaters’ website database last month with demands to pay up, or risk having their friends and family told about their dalliances, as …
John Leyden, 3 Sep 2015

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