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So here’s the thing: When the Ashley Madison security breach hit the news, I tried to muster up some kind of sympathy. I dug down deep…and just couldn’t find any.
If you aren’t aware, Ashley Madison is a website that facilitates affairs. And that’s not an off-label use of the site, it’s the site’s raison d’etre. Ashley Madison’s tagline is “Life is short. Have an affair.” Doesn’t get much clearer than that.
And at the bottom of the homepage, the site brags about how safe it is:
And now, the hackers have released the very personal information of two of the site’s 38 million registered users. Just to show what kind of info they have on the users.
And again, I’m trying to find some sympathy for these people who use this website. But I just can’t find any. They joined a website that exists to help people have affairs.
But they joined the site assuming it would be safe. The front page of the site told them that it was secure and discreet. How safe are any of the website out there?
We had security expert Paul Viollis on our podcast this week to help us sort out the implications of this hack. It’s a really great conversation. You can listen right here:
Parenting Bytes, Episode 29: Ashley Madison: Anonymous Never Is
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