Man, it seems that every time you turn around there’s another company that’s gotten hacked with some sort of data breach. Target, Home Depot, and many others have all hit the news over the past months. Those are some big names, so it should probably be of no big surprise that the biggest website for those looking to cheat on their spouses got hacked.
That’s right, Ashley Madison, home of the “Life is short, have an affair” slogan, announced that their databases were hacked. The company hasn’t officially released information about what exactly was hacked, but I have to believe that there are probably a lot of nervous people out there right about now, and I’ll also bet that there’s a lot of people worried about a lot more than whether their credit card data was part of the breach!
In most hacks, there are a few key pieces of information that are probably the most valuable to hackers and the most damaging to someone whose information is compromised:
- Credit Card Number
- Other Credit Card Details (expiration dates, validation codes)
- Social Security Numbers
- First and Last Name
- E-mail Address
Might Ordinary People Pay These Hackers?
In most cases of hacking, the information contains value. Do we really know who might be on the other end of those transactions? If a hacker steals data, you picture the parties that might buy that data as someone overseas, or a shady criminal or someone using their computer hiding in a dark basement in the thick of night.
With this hack, the people that might pay for the data could be sitting right next to you.
If someone were to suspect their spouse of having an affair, it might be worth putting $10 in the hands of ‘the bad guys’ to have the opportunity to look up a few e-mail addresses against the Ashley Madison database, don’t you think?
While some cheaters might first create a new e-mail address that their spouse doesn’t know about, many probably don’t go through the trouble. If a suspecting spouse knows their work e-mail, their current personal e-mail, and their college e-mail address that’s no longer appropriate for everyday use, that’s three chances that would probably uncover a lot of potentially cheating spouses.
Worth $10 for three chances? If I suspected my spouse of cheating, that’d be money well spent.
No Suspicions Or Anything To Hide
Thankfully, I have no suspicions of my wife. Plus, I can state that any lookup of any of my addresses would come up clean.
Cheating is one of those things that’s a show stopper for me. I’ve been cheated on, and when I found out, I broke up with the girl. At the time, I thought she was my soulmate, and breaking up was the one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life, but I did it and looking back, I’m glad I kept my resolve. The closest I ever came to cheating was kissing another girl while in a relationship. That was twenty years ago. And I told my then-girlfriend almost immediately.
That’s the beginning and end of my ‘cheating’ experiences.
That’s why the whole premise of Ashley Madison always kind of disgusted me. It didn’t surprise me that a site like that existed. There’s something for everybody. As long as its not illegal, you can best bet that someone will profit. Since you can’t go to jail for cheating, someone seized the opportunity. Presumably a lot of people made lots of money.
Now, if this hack threatens the personal information that could be damning for those who signed up or used the service, it could end up costing a lot of people a lot of money, sleep, and a lot more.
But, maybe that’s the risk one takes if you decide to go out looking to cheat on your spouse. I’m just guessing on that, though!
Readers, what do you think of the Ashley Madison hack? Did anyone you know pop into mind as someone who might be in some hot water?Copyright 2017 Original content authorized only to appear on Money Beagle. Please subscribe via RSS, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, or receive e-mail updates. Thank you for reading.