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Hack Exposes 412M Accounts at Adult Sites

Most are at AdultFriendFinder

(Newser) - Popular "sex and swingers community" AdultFriendFinder has been the victim of a massive hacking attack involving a total of 412 million accounts, ZDNet reports. LeakedSource , a watchdog group, disclosed the data breach, calling it the "largest hack of 2016." LeakedSource says the hack occurred in October and... More »

FTC Is Now on Ashley Madison's Case

New CEO says they're 'truly sorry' for the site messing up people's lives

(Newser) - Two new executives at cheaters dating site Ashley Madison are offering up a mega-mea culpa for last year's hack -and- leak of user information, but that's likely not going to stem the flow of issues its parent company is now facing, including class-action lawsuits and an investigation by... More »

Shy Ashley Madison Users Now Get ... Masks

Site reveals new tools for 'discretion'

(Newser) - Ashley Madison users ought to feel super-secure thanks to the site's latest security feature: masked profile photos. "We respect your need for discretion so we've added some tools to keep your identity a secret," the website reads six months after a massive hack exposed the identities... More »

Guy Sues Ashley Madison Over 'Army of Fembots'

He wants $5M after sexy communications with robots

(Newser) - Ashley Madison attracted male customers with the claim that 30%—or 5.5 million—of its profiles belonged to women. In reality, as few as 12,000 real women may have been active on the site, according to a class-action lawsuit that's just hit Ashley Madison parent company Avid... More »

Ashley Madison Punked Public With Fake Female CEOs

The women were paid by the interview to be company spokesmodels

(Newser) - At least three women were hired by Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media to pose as the presidents and CEOs of sister sites and were paid per interview. So reports the Financial Post in an exclusive investigation into the "trove of Avid Life’s corporate emails" that were... More »

Pastor Mentioned Ashley Madison in Suicide Note

His wife says she would have forgiven him

(Newser) - The wife of a Louisiana pastor who was apparently driven to suicide by the Ashley Madison hack says he was a good man and she would have forgiven him. Christi Gibson, who found the body of New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary professor John Gibson less than a week after hackers... More »

Ashley Madison: 87,596 Ladies Signed Up Last Week

Avid Life Media hits back at recent media reports

(Newser) - Last week, Gizmodo claimed that an investigation showed most of the female user profiles on Ashley Madison were either fake or inactive —the same complaint hackers had about the site before leaking a massive amount of data—and now the cheating website is hitting back. "Recent media reports... More »

Ashley Madison CEO Quits

Noel Biderman's departure is effective immediately

(Newser) - In the wake of Ashley Madison's massive hack and ensuing data leak, the CEO of the cheating website's parent company stepped down today, CNN reports. On Twitter , Time editor Alex Fitzpatrick has a statement from Avid Life Media on Noel Biderman's departure: "This change is in... More »

Could This Be the Ashley Madison Hacker?

A Twitter user sure seems privy to lots of inside information

(Newser) - As the Ashley Madison fallout continues, the first real lead into who pulled off the hack seems to have emerged. Respected security blogger Brian Krebs points to a Twitter user named Thadeus Zu, whose handle is @deuszu . Among the clues: Zu tweeted a link to the Ashley Madison source code... More »

Ashley Madison's 5.5M Women Are About 0% Active

Gizmodo writer Annalee Newitz analyzes the hacked data

(Newser) - Gizmodo writer Annalee Newitz had seen hackers' claims that thousands of female user profiles on infidelity site Ashley Madison were fake, with some news stories claiming as few as 5% of the site's 5.5 million registered female users were real. So she decided to comb through the... More »

Josh Duggar Now in Rehab

His parents announce the move in wake of his cheating confession

(Newser) - Days after he confessed to cheating on his wife and an addiction to pornography, Josh Duggar has entered rehab. The ex-reality star checked himself into a long-term treatment center, according to his parents, Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar. Their announcement today on the 19 Kids and Counting family's website... More »

Ashley Madison May Have Hacked a Competitor

Leaked emails appear to incriminate former infidelity website executive

(Newser) - "They did a very lousy job building their platform," former Ashley Madison chief technology officer Raja Bhatia allegedly wrote to CEO Noel Biderman in 2012. "I got their entire user base." Ironically—considering Ashley Madison is now dealing with its own stolen data being leaked by... More »

Female Ashley Madison User's Case Holds a Lesson

Glenn Greenwald: It's too easy to judge from afar

(Newser) - In the wake of the Ashley Madison hack, Glenn Greenwald has been making the case that a couple's infidelity trouble is nobody's business but their own. Now, at the Intercept , he's printed an email he received from an anonymous female user of the site to amplify the... More »

Ashley Madison Gets Sued by 'John Doe'

Suit seeks class-action status over emotional distress

(Newser) - In a not-so-surprising development, the lawsuits are piling up against Ashley Madison. In California, for example, "John Doe" filed a suit in federal court accusing parent company Avid Life Media of negligence for failing to stop the hack of customers' data, reports the Guardian . The suit, which is seeking... More »

Cop May Have Killed Himself Over Ashley Madison Leak

Toronto police reveal what's happening in investigation

(Newser) - The Ashley Madison leak is kinda funny, right? Well it's now led to extortion threats, online scams, and possible suicides. "This ain’t a funny game anymore," says Toronto police officer Bryce Evans, per the Globe & Mail . The release of some 33 million users' data from... More »

GOP Bigwig Says He Was on Ashley Madison for Research

It was a waste of time, says La. GOP chief

(Newser) - The latest person to come out with a totally innocent reason for having an Ashley Madison account is Jason Doré, executive director of the Louisiana GOP. He claims that the account—created under his personal credit-card's billing address—was for "opposition research" being done by his law firm.... More »

New Ashley Madison Dump Includes CEO's Emails

This latest one is twice as big as the first

(Newser) - The Ashley Madison hackers may have just leaked CEO Noel Biderman's emails as part of a much larger data dump today, Gizmodo reports. The majority of this newest leak, which is twice the size of the previous 10-gigabyte leak , appears to be the business and corporate emails of the... More »

Josh Duggar Admits to Being Unfaithful

He cites an addiction to pornography

(Newser) - The Duggar family continues to address things like a family: In a statement posted to the family website in the wake of yesterday's report about his alleged Ashley Madison accounts , Josh Duggar starts as follows: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values,... More »

Gloating Over Duggar Doesn't Make Madison Leak Right

Salon writer says redirect ire to hackers sifting 'through our most intimate data'

(Newser) - Addressing what she calls the "cesspool story" of the Ashley Madison data leak , Mary Elizabeth Williams acknowledges in Salon the schadenfreude that's taken hold after revelations came to light of Josh Duggar possibly being among the exposed cheaters. "On the spectrum of individuals whose glass houses seem... More »

Report: Josh Duggar Had 2 Ashley Madison Accounts

He apparently sought affair while working for family values group

(Newser) - Josh Duggar's "indiscretions" may not have ended when he stopped molesting his sisters as a teenager, according to Gawker , which appears to have unmasked the first celebrity victim of the Ashley Madison hack . It looks like the eldest Duggar son, who's married, may have had two paid... More »

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