Tuesday 25 October 2016

Check if your email was part of the Ashley Madison hack - or your partner's

Published 20/08/2015 | 10:52

The homepage of the Ashley Madison website
The homepage of the Ashley Madison website

A new search website has gone live which allows users to search if their email was part of the Ashley Madison hack.

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However, it's more likely that the software would be used for disgruntled spouses to check if their partner's email surfaces in the leaked information.

The website boasts access to the 36million leaked emails in the hack, but reminds users that it is not responsible for what they find.

The website states that it is "possible that someone accidentally registered with the wrong email address... especially if the name is common" and that "determining the likelihood of this is left to you".

The person behind the hack, known as 'Rufo' on Twitter, wrote:

"I suggest ALM don't waste their time sending my host a takedown because the site isn't hosted in a jurisdiction that recognises the DMCA".

The site received over 300,000 hits in the last 24 hours and crashed last night due to the high traffic. Rufo wrote: "the site's become a victim of its own popularity, should be back any sec" (sic).

The impact of the site is being reported on sites across the net, with Advisor Hub reporting that one source told them that a "Guys wife (sic) just walked into the office and slammed a paper on his desk. Paper was his profile on Ashley Madison with F*CK YOU written across the top. Then she just walked out".

As for credentials, the site was set up by the person behind the 'Adobe leaked password' search engine, and they are on Twitter here.

They also claim to have gained access to Ashley Madison's paypal account, tweeting their alleged password.

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