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This Ashley Madison hack download story keeps getting worse

Richi Jennings | Aug. 26, 2015
Ashley Madison CEO Noel Biderman feels victimized by criminal hackers, but some observers aren't sympathetic.

So David Kravets sounds sympathetic to Shakespeare's Dick The Butcher:

It's a safe bet that a ton of divorce lawyers and child custody lawyers have already made gobs of cash. 
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Now another breed of attorney is entering the scene in anticipation of capitalizing on the feeding frenzy. ... Class-action attorneys are currently following the...blood trail in hopes of winning a monetary payday for themselves and the site's millions of members. 
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The elephant in the room here is how much traction a lawsuit...would get. Ashley Madison site members who sought damages...would have to expose themselves as being one of the site's 39 million account holders. ... A jury might not be so sympathetic to Ashley Madison users' claims that being outed caused them humiliation. 
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Traditionally, data breach cases have largely ended...with big payouts to plaintiffs lawyers while the victims...get little, if anything.  

And Kristen V. Brown alleges another class of people "cashing in":

Steve was desperate for a way to keep his information from spreading...and didn't want his wife to find out. A few days after the leak, he received an e-mail from a company named Trustify...letting him know that someone had used the tool to search his e-mail address [and] offered to help him hide the exposed data [for] $67 an hour. 
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We reached out to Trustify for information on how exactly the company plans to help victims. ... Trustify readily admits that it can't really help anyone hide what's already out there. "We are in the business of helping customers find the truth, we aren't in the business of modifying the truth." 
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It seems more like cashing in. ... Trustify readily admits that because of the hack, business is booming. ... All Trustify is doing is providing people access to information that's already public, for a fee, while advertising itself as a solution. 

Meanwhile, one J. McAfee (yes, that one) alleges another allegation:

Ashley Madison was not hacked - the data was stolen by a woman operating on her own who worked for Avid Life. ... It was an inside job. 
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I gleaned this information from reliable sources within the Dark Web. ... Any adept social engineer would have easily seen this. ... It was clear that the perpetrator had intimate knowledge of the technology stack of the company. 
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It seems, without a shadow of doubt, to be an open and shut case. 

 

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