Ashley Madison

Smashing Security #034: The pen is mightier than the password

The UK government wants you to give your credit card details to porn sites, Ashley Madison offers compensation to the people whose lives it ruined, and an adult website wants you to pass its unorthodox and below-the-belt biometric identity check… gulp!

All this and Myspace, Google Glass, Fleabag, and much much more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by technology journalist and broadcaster David McClelland.

Ashley Madison claims to be gaining 500,000 new members each month

If their numbers are to believed, half a million braindead bozos are signing up for the Ashley Madison website each month.

If their numbers are to be believed.

Smashing Security #018: Windows is a virus. True or False?

Security firm Webroot drops a clanger when it declared Windows was malicious and borked customers’ PCs, millennials are streaming a lot of movies illegally, and blackmailers are targeting members of the Ashley Madison cheating site again.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast.

Ashley Madison blackmailers threaten to create Cheater’s Gallery exposing members who don’t pay up

Blackmailers are once again trying to make money out of the notorious Ashley Madison hack.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Ashley Madison slammed with $1.6 million fine for devastating data breach

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has demanded Ashley Madison pays a hefty finefor its failure to protect millions of its users’ data.

David Bisson reports.

Fembots land Ashley Madison in hot water with the FTC

“Life is short, have an affair” was the slogan of infidelity website Ashley Madison.

What they didn’t say was that you might be chatting to a computer program.

Now it’s Ashley Madison wives who are receiving blackmail letters

Extortionists are sending blackmail letters via the post to the *wives* of Ashley Madison members.

Find out more, see what the letters say, and learn how you should respond.

Here’s what an Ashley Madison blackmail letter looks like

Ugly blackmail letter warns Ashley Madison users that their family, friends and work colleagues will be informed if they do not pay $2000 in Bitcoin within ten days.

Just who is joining the Ashley Madison website?

Ashley Madison claims to have grown by five million members since it was hacked last year.

Is it poppycock or have they resurrected their business from apparent doom in miraculous fashion?

Ashley Madison blackmailers now sending threats via US postal system

It may be months since the Ashley Madison adultery website was hacked, but the story continues to run and run and has now taken a further unpleasant turn.

Cracked Ashley Madison passwords consistent with years of poor security

There are many lessons to be learnt from the Ashley Madison hack – but one we’re realising loud and clear is that many computer users continue to use very dumb and predictable passwords.

David Bisson reports.

Ashley Madison users warned of password risk

Hacked adultery website Ashley Madison appears to have coughed up a piece of data that was previously felt secure: its users’ passwords.

Video: Blackmail and Ashley Madison

According to reports, users of the hacked Ashley Madison website have received blackmail emails demanding that they pay up, or risk having their membership exposed. How worried should they be?

Ashley Madison’s marketing department clearly didn’t get the memo

Maybe Ashley Madison’s marketing department would do better to try to build trust with a user base that must surely have had its confidence in the company massively shaken by the security breach, rather than running such an ill-advised pitch for new business.

Ashley Madison hack claims another victim: Its CEO

Noel Biderman, CEO of Avid Life Media who own the massively-hacked adultery website Ashley Madison, has left the company.

Whether it was the hack, the handling of the hack, or revelations published about the CEO’s private life, that made his position untenable is unclear.

The Ashley Madison mystery: why would you use your work email address?

There might be a good reason why people use their work email rather than their personal email for a site like Ashley Madison.

But that doesn’t mean that there aren’t better ways to keep your private affairs private.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.