The Ashley Madison scandal continues to deliver. With some serious researchers analysing the data dumps, the whole basis of the site seems less grounded in extra-marital affairs and more like a very large scale fraud. writing in Gizmodo,
Annalee Newitz found interesting data in user IP addresses.
The most popular IP address among men and women belonged to a company called OnX, which hosted Ashley Madison’s backups. That could mean a number of things, including that those were all accounts created by people working at Ashley Madison.
And the second most popular IP address was even more telling.
This IP address, 127.0.0.1, is well-known to anyone who works with computer systems as a loopback interface. To the rest of us, it’s known simply as “home,” your local computer. Any account with that IP address was likely created on a “home” computer at Ashley Madison.
Most damning of all...
Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created.
If that isn't fraud, then I'm a banana.
A relevant 2012 lawsuit against Ashley Madison
has also come to light. A Brazilian women living in Canada sued the company after she developed severe pain in her wrists and forearms.
She was soon asked to create 1,000 “fake female profiles” meant to lure men to the new Brazilian Ashley Madison site — and given only three weeks to complete the work, the document alleges.
“The purpose of these profiles is to entice paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website,” it reads.
“They do not belong to any genuine members of Ashley Madison — or any real human beings at all.”
No further details are available as AM settled that case out of court. Lawyers have already begun class action suits against Ashley Madison with one Canadian seeking CDN$760m (NZ890,475m)
in damages. You can guarantee that there'll be a lot more legal action to follow.
The Register headline sums up the situation perfectly -- Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO
Brian Krebs on the trail of the hacker