I have met 2 people on here in the first month. But they also concluded that data from nonpaying customers was misleading because anyone can create an account for any reason and email addresses are not verified. In approximately March 2015, the free web hosting provider 000webhost suffered a major data breach that exposed almost 15 million customer records. Brian Krebs, a security researcher, said in a blog post that he spoke with three people who found their information and the last four digits of their credit card numbers in the database, suggesting they were indeed stolen from the company.
Despite the rapid fall of Ashley Madison, there was still money to be made for the industrious few that understood the panic that can arise from a breach in digital security. There is a set of free features, but men cannot send messages, i.e. they cannot communicate with other members without credits – the virtual currency which is used to pay for each message sent. Profiles on Ashley Madison are not very informative — as we’ve mentioned, the site does not ask too many questions when new users register.
Ashley Madison system email is just like regular email. It says that during the first half of 2015, the ratio of paying male members to active female members was 1.2 to 1 (men have to pay to send messages on the site; women can use it for free), which suggests a much more vibrant network. Men pay the majority of messages inside AM service, and it creates a convenient field of work for bots. Avid shut down the fake profiles in the United States, Canada and Australia in 2014 and by late 2015 in the rest of the world, but some U.S. users had message exchanges with foreign fembots until late in 2015, according to the report.
We cannot say the exact ratio as the database is huge but we’ve met several already in the first hundred of profiles. What’s more, as fellow security guy Per Thorsheim points out, many of the accounts in the dump may not even be real” so the exposure of this data may have ramifications for those who had absolutely nothing at all to do with the site. Many of the email addresses associated with the Ashley Madison website, including the examples provided above, would allow an individual to be identified and therefore constitute personal information.
Victims of Ashley Madison’s 2015 cyber breach have found themselves in an uncomfortable situation all over again having received ransom emails last month. The Chief Product Officer for Vade Secure Adrien Gendre said that scammers are targeting those hit by the breach. The process involves a hard-delete of a requesting user’s profile, including the removal of posted pictures and all messages sent ashleymadison to other system users’ email boxes. Company executives said on Tuesday that despite the harsh publicity, Ashley Madison has been growing and now has more than 45 million members.