Timeline[ edit ] The Impact Team announced the attack on 15 July and threatened to expose the identities of Ashley Madison's users if its parent company, Avid Life Media , did not shut down Ashley Madison and its sister site, "Established Men". The website's normally busy Twitter account fell silent apart from posting the press statements. At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points. We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber-terrorism will be held responsible. Although Ashley Madison denied reports that a mass release of customer records occurred on 21 July,  over 60 gigabytes worth of data was confirmed to be valid on 18 August.
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This has put any form of social platform under scrutiny. Fourteen million of them had their names, contact details, and sensitive information exposed including recent location check-ins. Aside from social platforms, well-known firms such as Saks, Panera or UnderArmour were also involved in security breaches in with hundreds of millions of records breached. In the last three years, the industry has had to pay hundreds of millions of dollars to victims of security breaches and identity theft. Social platforms are having to re-think their privacy policies to avoid both security and privacy breaches.
On Monday, The Register reported that a dealer on the black market website Dream Market was selling stolen records to million accounts from 16 different companies. February 14, 3: Fortunately, the mysterious attacker only stole name and email address data entered into the dating service prior to May However, the incident is merely one part of a larger data leak. The price tag for all the data:
Online dating is one of the most common industries targeted by hackers. In fact, there have been five data breaches that have had a major impact on dating sites, online daters, and technology and security overall. Here are the stories as well as the aftereffects of each: More than million ,, to be exact FriendFinder user accounts were exposed, million of them from AdultFriendFinder. The breach affected Cams.