Writing for E-Commerce Times, Richard Adhikari reported on the breach of the Ashley Madison web site and subsequent fallout. Protegrity CEO Suni Munshani was one of the data security experts interviews for the story.
Hackers on Tuesday dumped personal data of about 37 million members of the Ashley Madison website onto the Dark Web. The data was stolen last month in an attack on the site, which aims to hook up people who want to cheat on their spouses.
Parent company “Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” the Impact Team wrote on Reddit. “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”
Any data not signed with a hash key listed in the post is fake, the Impact Team said.
Avid Life Media reportedly confirmed the data published is genuine.
It reportedly includes the names of people from the United Nations, the Vatican, 15,000 email addresses belonging to people in the United States government or military, bankers and civil servants.
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Avid Life previously claimed that it implemented strong security with the support of IT vendors worldwide. In that case, should any of those parties share blame for the breach?
Probably not, Protegrity CEO Suni Munshani told the E-Commerce Times. “Just as the IRS holds you responsible for mistakes made by your accountant, Avid Life is ultimately responsible for the security flaws that may or may not have been an IT vendor’s fault.”
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