One month ago, the Ashley Madison hack was released to the world. Overnight, 30 days later, the full list of members were released. Being able to see the data is mind boggling. From what’s been reported and from what we’ve seen, it’s a crazy array of data.
First off, there’s nearly 10 gigs of data. Now that’s an insane amount of data. Sifting through it all with take days and weeks. Various technical reporters are going through it with a fine comb. The media storm is building, but the largest media outlets haven’t even touched it yet. Think about all the celeb, pseudo celebs, C-list celebs, maybe even A-List cells other. TMZ, Entertainment Tonight, will have an field day here.
The data shows name, addresses, emails, passwords (encrypted) and IPs. Now, anyone can use anyone’s email address to signup. So anyone could sign up Donald Trump on Ashley Madison, not necessarily meaning he’s on the site (even though I’m sure every political pundit would love for that to happen). I digress. What’s really invaluable are the credit card transactions. If someone laid down a credit card to be a member, he’s actively messaging women on the site. That, is where the fun begins. Who did he message, what did he say. What does his profile say? The list goes on and on. With 10 gigs of data, it’s a lot to sift through.
Another interesting component is the internal Ashley Madison database documents. Remember when Sony was hacked, one of the large stories was the salary discrepancies. Women getting paid less than male actors. Salary differences between employees. Things like this can rock the core of a company.
At the end of the day though, Ashley Madison is the largest network of discreet encounters out there. Men and women will continue to use a discreet dating a way to fill a void. The Ashley Madison hack will teach the underground world of affairs that you need to be very very careful with your data!