How to hack a dating site
Back in August 2015, the ‘dating’ site Ashley Madison was hacked, exposing married cheaters the world over.
We found out 86 per cent of the site’s users were men, São Paulo had the most registered users of any city and it’s mainly used by rich, powerful men.
One man who was exposed in the hacking has now spoken out about what happened to him in an article for the LA Times. He’d been married for 19 years, and although he’d been faithful to his wife the whole time, the excitement in their relationship had fizzled: “Call it a midlife crisis, poor judgment or a cheater’s heart. We had not taken a vacation without children in years.” Thomas retired from his corporate job early, bought a Harley Davidson and got a tattoo - so far, so midlife crisis.
Hacks which were previously on the passive side are now being attempted on the active side.
For example, if a large e-commerce company gets hacked for just 10 seconds, it’s a direct balance sheet impact and a reputational loss, which is the more of an intangible impact.
We are talking about the grey side of our internet activities — online stuff we do in our bedrooms and in private.
We speak on the likes of Adult Friend Finder, Ashley Madison, and a few too many adult entertainment and dating websites like these.
These companies were primarily building enterprise software to automate something what was manual. For the last five years there has seen a significant change. It is now actually enhancing customer experience and providing competitive advantage across all sectors and companies.