Back in November 2014, we introduced you to a website called AshleyMadison.com.
We thought it was an official site for a model named Ashley Madison. It wasn't.
The site is a social network of sorts, except instead of friends and families, you're connecting to other people—mostly married—who are looking for an affair. It's essentially Tinder for people who are technically not allowed to be on Tinder anymore because of that thing called kasalan. Its tagline: "Life is short. Have an affair."
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For a website such as this, privacy is of the highest priority because of the nature of its, erm, services. A data breach would be the worst possible thing that could happen.
And yet it did.
On July 19, U.S. time, the website was hacked. Since being founded in 2001, AshleyMadison.com has amassed 37 million users—all of whom will probably not be sleeping all that well in the coming nights. The website Krebsonsecurity.com first confirmed the news after receiving official word from Avid Life Media, the company behind the "dating" website.
The report said that the hacker group to blame is Impact Team, which released this statement after the breach:
"Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms. If ALM doesn't comply, we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails."
This was the message left behind on the site during the hack:
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The onus is now squarely on Avid Life Media's shoulders. The site's registered cheaters are up for a massive public humiliation if the hackers follow through with their threats. As for Avid Life, they haven't made any clear moves to take down the site. The most they're doing right now is their use of a law called the "Digital Millennium Copyright Act" to get the publicly released hacked data removed from the Internet—inherently a hard, hard thing to do.
What's even harder though is coming up with the right things to say if you're one of those 37 million registered affair-mongerers who have dabbled in that thing called kasalanan. Or even if you aren't on the site, what exactly do you say when you've been caught red-handed? Being honest (which cheaters aren't particularly good at) helps, but here are some words you might want to skip if you want a shot at fixing your relationship.
Proceed to the next page for these statements to avoid!