The odds were 37 million to 1, but a Massachusetts man is the first unlucky person to be publicly identified in connection with the recent hack on the popular online adultery site Ashley Madison, whose slogan is, “Life is short. Have an affair.”
According to the Enterprise in Brockton, Massachusetts, the local resident’s name, profile ID, home address, email address and a “list of fantasies” were included in a manifesto message as an example of the information hackers had learned.
The information revealed is “intensely personal.”
“I have only two personal interests on this site,” the man’s profile reads. “Making sure that you are comfortable with me should I be so fortunate to hold your attention and making sure I take the role of discretion to an artform. I mean isn’t this why we are here, to be as discreet as possible?”
WBZ-TV in Boston reports, “Among the data released about the Brockton client of Ashley Madison: His user ID is ‘Heavy73’; he listed himself as ‘married/attached’; he joined the site the day after Valentine’s Day, 2014; he likes ‘cuddling & hugging’ and is into ‘discretion & secrecy.'”
Information on another person from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, was also made public in the manifesto.
Christian evangelist Franklin Graham posted a message on his Facebook page about the matter Wednesday afternoon, stating:
The Bible says, “be sure your sin will find you out.” Ashley Madison, the website for people who want to cheat on their spouses was hacked this weekend. Their slogan is: “Life is short. Have an affair.” Hackers threatened to reveal personal data related to 37 million users. I have news for all those worried cheaters out there wringing their hands—God already knew! His holy Word says, “Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Times may have changed, but God’s laws and standards never change—all sin has a price. The New York Daily News calls this an “#adultery website.” Isn’t it a shame that immorality is such big business?
The security breach at Ashley Madison – which even Wednesday was boasting “Over 37,890,000 anonymous members!” – was first reported late Sunday by Brian Krebs of KrebsonSecurity, a website focusing on cyber security.
AshleyMadison.com also features on its homepage claims that it’s “the world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters,” and displays icons proclaiming “Trusted Security Award,” “100% Discreet Service” and “SSL Secure Site.”
According to Krebs, the hackers were identified as “The Impact Team,” and posted large caches of data from the adultery site, claiming to have compromised user databases, financial records and other information.
“The Impact Team” accuses Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc., which oversees the site, of lying to its customers about a $19 service that would purportedly scrub all of their personal data from its databases, claiming the information doesn’t actually go away, Krebs noted. The hack was intended to eventually get the affair site shut down.
“You can imagine somebody that may have their life coming down around them with a possible divorce or public ridicule. It’s not farfetched to think that there could be some kind of lawsuit filed,” Peter Caruso Jr. told the Enterprise.
Caruso said no one should assume their information is safe despite an online company’s claims of discretion and privacy.
“For any consumer to believe that their information is 100 percent protected and not subject to a data breach is crazy,” Caruso told the paper. “There is a reasonable expectation of privacy, but if you think your information is completely safe you’re living in a false world.”