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The Fallout Continues…and there is more to come. Ashley Madison won’t Stop.

One more post on Ashley Madison and then I am taking a break from the subject.

You can read about the Ashley Madison hack here and what it means and doesn’t mean here.

What is still developing are the ramifications from the hack and the disclosure of private information.

It’s been reported that there have been suicides due to person’s private information being leaked. There have been public admissions of using the site and being the “biggest hypocrite ever.” There have been public denials that the person listed did not create the account or use the account, well maybe they did create it, but it was for curiosity’s sake only. There have also been outright denials of accessing the site and that an impostor created the account.  This did happen, by the way.

There is actually a law in Mississippi which makes it illegal to impersonate another real person online with the intent to threaten, harm, intimidate or defraud another.  The fake accounts may well be actionable if it impersonated a real person.

The other concerning part is that the Impact Team, the hackers responsible for the leak, have indicated they have the content of private messages and pictures shared through the site. There may be more fallout to come.

Matthew Thompson is a Divorce Lawyer in Mississippi and warns you that this story has “legs” and other body parts too!

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Why Ashley Madison’s Data Dump May Lead to Your Son Getting Dumped

“Life is short. Have an affair.®” is the tag line that greets you at AshleyMadison.com.

However, a recent hack of AshleyMadison’s data servers may make your life even shorter.  Approximately 32 million users worldwide had their data hacked, including, names, email addresses and credit card information.

A group called the Impact Team demanded that the owner’s of AshleyMadison, and another site, remove their sites or be faced with having “secure” customer information released to the masses.

The Impact Team reportedly object to AshleyMadison’s moral turpitude and fraudulent business practices.  One example was that for an additional fee AshleyMadison promised to completely remove your online presence with them, which they did not follow through on.

The fall out is still in its earliest stages. Reviews of the logins and emails show a number of seemingly fake names and email addresses created for shenanigans, but credit card numbers may show otherwise.

The Impact Team’s response was “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data…. Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.

AshleyMadison responded “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, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities…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. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world.

The takeaway is that your online information is not as safe as you think it is and when a third-party has it others can get it.

Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney in Mississippi and is advising his clients to not have affairs.

Follow the blog: #BowTieLawyer Visit the website: #Thompson Law Firm You may also contact Matthew with your family law matter or question at (601) 850-8000 or Matthew@bowtielawyer.ms