Over 37 million users' information was released by the hackers, who call themselves "The Impact Team." While most of the public is entertained by the fact that tons of cheating assholes are now revealed, this situation poses an even bigger question: is our online data ever safe or protected? What if The Impact Team decided to hack into Facebook? Or Twitter? Or Amazon?
Yes, most of your information is public, but what if your credit card information, social security, home address, and more PII (personal identifiable information) was released for the whole world to see? The Ashley Madison hack unveiled thousands upon thousands of email addresses, many with .gov or .mil, meaning tons of government officials/authorities were signed up on the site.
I'll stop freaking you out now and lighten things up a bit. Aside of the serious threats this scandal poses, there have been some pretty hilarious things companies have been doing to take advantage of the scandal:
1. 1-800 FlowersThey came out with a special "Ashley Madison" deal with prices upon request. The bigger the affair(s), the bigger the bouquet, I suppose.
2. Opulent JewelryMocking the AshleyMadison.com photo banner, Opulent Jewelry came out with their own coupon code for hacker victims, #JUSTINCASE.
3. Freelance DevelopersFreelancers are having a heyday with "victims" from the hacking scandal, posting ads on Craigslist with (probably) broken promises of wiping their Ashley Madison user account, hiding the fact they were ever on the site. Some of the victims are even posting ads for hire on Hackers List.
I'll leave you with this - it isn't ad, but it's freaking hysterical.
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