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An investigation into the Ashley Madison hack finds that the site's owners "fell well short" of protecting customer privacy, but the 36 million members of the dating site probably already knew that. Have a dedicated risk management process in place to protect personal information. That's not a sexy tagline for a dating website that encouraged members to conduct extra-marital affairs.
But it's one that Ashley Madison might be wishing it adopted after it was hacked last year. In July this year, ALM rebranded as Ruby, though the report refers to the company by its previous name.
Ashley Madison, which goaded more prudish corners of the internet with the tagline "Life is short. Have an affair," was hacked in July by a group calling itself The Impact Team.
The hackers warned ALM that it would leak personal details of 36 million members unless ALM changed its policies -- specifically around letting users permanently delete their accounts. ALM declined, the hackers leaked the data and scandal ensued as users panicked about their private lives and the internet raked through the dirty laundry.
Now, the joint Australian-Canadian investigation into the hack has found ALM "fell well short" of its responsibility to customers. On 24 August , Toronto police announced that two unconfirmed suicides had been linked to the data breach, in addition to "reports of hate crimes connected to the hack.
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On 24 August , a pastor and professor at the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary committed suicide citing the leak that had occurred six days before. Annalee Newitz , editor-in-chief of Gizmodo , analyzed the leaked data. She also found that a very high number of the women's accounts were created from the same IP address suggesting there were many fake accounts.
She found women checked email messages very infrequently: Only 9, of the 5 million female account had ever replied to a message, compared to the 5. She concluded that, "The women's accounts show so little activity that they might as well not be there". She notes that "we have absolutely no data recording human activity at all in the Ashley Madison database dump from Impact Team.
All we can see is when fake humans contacted real ones.
Passwords on the live site were hashed using the bcrypt algorithm. An analysis of old passwords used on an archived version showed that "" and "password" were the most common. Claire Brownell suggested that the Turing test could be possibly passed by the women-imitating chatbots that fooled millions of men into buying special accounts. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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