Chump Lady is coming out of her sleepy vacation cocoon today to report on the Ashley Madison data dump. The hacker(s) made good on their threat. They posted 9.7 gigabytes of data to the “Dark Web” (some nebulous region of the web that Google doesn’t access). Reportedly, the dump contains credit card transactions, email addresses, etc. of Ashley Madison users.
Not surprisingly, AM has its kinky peek-a-boo knickers in a twist.
“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com,” the site said. “The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.”
Imposing virtue on all of society? What an obnoxious, insensitive act, said the man who tried to buy the naming rights to a football stadium.
But I get the blameshifting. Better to complain about moral judgments than let people dwell on the whole fraud thing. Oops, didn’t scrub that data like you promised, huh?
Anyway, what do you all think of the data dump? Here’s my prediction — it’s a new business opportunity. Now sites will spring up helping you access “the Dark Web” and find the dirt. Other businesses will spring up to help people scrub the data and manage online reputations.
All I know is Noel Biderman is having a very, very bad day.
What are your thoughts?