August 20, 2015
All everyone has been talking about is the Ashley Madison data dump. Even the majority of the human population that isn’t even implicated in the situation (or even in an actual relationship – like myself) have kept their attention focused on the next chapter of story. Yesterday, we reported on Trustify’s updated tool that enables people to easily determine whether their significant other was/is on the notorious extramarital affairs dating website. Today, we take a look at the kinds of data that were released by the Ashley Madison hackers.
In an infographic provided to us by Trustify, we learn that 70 percent of Ashley Madison’s 37 million users (those whose data was compromised) are men, while 30 percent of them are women. One caveat that’s been pointed out, though, is that many of the dating site’s female users are fake, leading to a more accurate 90-95 percent male population. Among the accounts found on the website were 10,000 email addresses of government officials, from members of the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as from officials of both the Australian and British governments. A look through the data also revealed high-profile figures like conservative television reality star Josh Duggar.
On a micro-level, though, the data dump has done more than merely expose the identities of Ashley Madison users. Other pieces of information include home and business addresses, phone numbers, encrypted passwords, sexual preferences, and even individual fetishes. You can take a look at the infographic below from Trustify to see what kind of data was released by the Ashley Madison hackers.
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