What is the link between how Singaporean women will react if they find their partners cheating and the Ashley Madison adultery website data leak? Find out here...
A hook up website that was specifically designed to helped individuals who wanted to cheat on their partners, Ashley Madison was banned in Singapore over two years ago, because the government believed that it went against “family values and public morality”.
The website was launched in 2001 with the slogan “Life is short. Have an Affair”. Owned by Avid Media Life, it promoted “married dating, discreet encounters and extramarital affairs”.
In early August 2015, a hacker group identifying itself as the “Impact Team” hacked the website, stole and then released the emails and data of close to 32 million members of the site — this information was made public online.
The data dump on the so-called “dark web” includes information such as payment transactions, email addresses, GPS coordinates, and phone numbers of those who had registered on the website.
Ashley Madison is now being sued for failing to protect the privacy of its “clients”.
The Ashley Madison data leak “has had wide-ranging consequences, especially in the USA and Canada, where two suicides have been linked to the leak.”
These “wide-ranging consequences” encompass Singapore too, as you will find out below.
Data leak includes thousands of .sg email ids
According to a New Paper report, over 4,700 emails with the “.sg” suffix (indicating a Singapore domain address), have been found among the leaked Ashley Madison client data. These include 38 addresses ending in “.edu.sg”, which “typically means the address belongs to students, teachers and faculty members of local education institutions.”
However, the report points out that since Ashley Madison does not need a verification of the e-mail (neither do they require a valid e-mail address), this means that “anyone can enter an e-mail address, even if he or she doesn’t own it.”
The news report refers to Mr Justin Tan, an associate lawyer in Trident Law Group, who has said it is illegal to use someone else’s e-mail address to register for services under Singapore’s Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.
Some of the e-mail addresses listed on the site are also said to be fake, such as one of the two “.gov.sg” which had a “cpib.gov.sg” domain. A spokesman for the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) has clarified that the address did not exist in its system.
Also interestingly, 90% to 95% of Ashley Madison’s users are male. And recent reports based on investigative journalism indicate that “Ashley Madison is a site where tens of millions of men write mail, chat, and spend money for women who aren’t there.” Essentially, most of the female profiles on the site are fake.
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