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LeakedSource Founder Arrested for Selling 3 Billion Stolen Credentials

LeakedSource Founder Arrested for Selling 3 Billion Stolen Credentials

January 16, 2018Swati Khandelwal
Canadian authorities have arrested and charged an Ontario man for operating a website that collected 'stolen' personal identity records and credentials from some three billion online accounts and sold them for profit. According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), the 27-year-old Jordan Evan Bloom of Thornhill is the person behind the notorious LeakedSource.com —a major repository that compiled public data breaches and sold access to the data, including plaintext passwords. Launched in late 2015, LeakedSource had collected around 3 billion personal identity records and associated passwords from some of the massive data breaches, including LinkedIn , VK.com , Last.Fm , Ashley Madison ,  MySpace , Twitter ,  Weebly and Foursquare , and made them accessible and searchable to anyone for a fee. LeakedSource was shut down , and its associated social media accounts have been suspended after the law enforcement raided its operator earlier last year. However, another
Ashley Madison to Pay $11.2 Million to Data Breach Victims

Ashley Madison to Pay $11.2 Million to Data Breach Victims

July 17, 2017Swati Khandelwal
Ashley Madison, an American most prominent dating website that helps people cheat on their spouses has been hacked, has agreed to an $11.2 Million settlement for roughly 37 million users whose personal details were exposed in a massive data breach two years ago. Though the parent company of Ashley Madison , Ruby Corp., denies any wrongdoing, the company has pledged to pay around $3,500 to each of the hack's victims for the settlement. The settlement has to be reviewed by a federal judge in St. Louis. Ashley Madison marketed itself as a means to help people cheat on their spouses, with a tagline "Life is short. Have an affair." The site was breached in July 2015 and hackers dumped nearly 100 gigabytes' worth of sensitive data belonging to 37 million users of the casual sex and marriage affair website onto the dark web. The leaked data included victims' usernames, first and last names, email addresses, passwords, credit card data information, street
Ashley Madison Dating Site Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million Fine Over Massive Breach

Ashley Madison Dating Site Agrees to Pay $1.6 Million Fine Over Massive Breach

December 15, 2016Swati Khandelwal
Ashley Madison, an American most prominent dating website that helps married people cheat on their spouses has been hacked, has agreed to pay a hefty fine of $1.6 Million for failing to protect account information of 36 Million users , after a massive data breach last year. Yes, the parent company of Ashley Madison , Ruby Corp. will pay $1.6 Million to settle charges from both Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 13 states alleging that it misled its consumers about its privacy practices and did not do enough to protect their information. Not only the company failed to protect the account information of its 36 Million users, but also it failed to delete account information after regretful users paid a $20 fee for "Full Delete" of their accounts. Moreover, the Ashley Madison site operators were accused of creating fake accounts of "female" users in an effort to attract new members. Avid Life Media denied the claim at the time, but a year later when the com
THN Weekly Roundup — 15 Most Popular Cyber Security and Hacking News Stories

THN Weekly Roundup — 15 Most Popular Cyber Security and Hacking News Stories

September 14, 2015Mohit Kumar
We are once again here with our weekly round up based on last week’s top cyber security threats and challenges. I recommend you to read the entire thing ( just click ‘ Read More ’ because there’s some valuable advice in there as well ). Here’s the list: 1. Reminder! If You have not yet, Turn Off Windows 10 Keylogger Now Microsoft is very powerful in tracking every single word you type or say to its digital assistant Cortana using its newest Windows 10 operating system. The keylogger that Microsoft put in the  Technical Preview of Windows 10  last fall made its way to  Windows 10 Free  public release first rolled out back in July. Besides various  Windows 10 privacy issues , there is a software component that is a bit more complicated than you thought. It tracks your inputs using: Keyboard Voice Screen Mouse Stylus Information about your Calendar and Contacts If this keylogger, which is more than just a keylogger, makes you feel creepy then need
These Top 30 Ashley Madison Passwords are just as Terrible as You'd Think

These Top 30 Ashley Madison Passwords are just as Terrible as You'd Think

September 12, 2015Khyati Jain
Yes, you heard it correct! First the Password Cracking Team 'CynoSure Prime'  cracked more than 11 Million Ashley Madison’s passwords in just 10 days ( quite an achievement, though ), now a member of the team shares the same list of passwords with few calculations. The calculations are... ... What passwords are mostly used and by how many users? Terrible? Out of 11 million passwords, only 4.6 million passwords were unique, and the rest were such weak and horrible ones that one could even think. ArsTechnica to whom CynoSure Prime updated the news published the calculations and say that this is expected to change as they still left with 3.7 million passwords to decrypt. While going through the list of password, top 5 used were: 123456 by 120511 users 12345 by 48452 users password by 39448 users DEFAULT by 34275 users 123456789 by 26620 users for more s ee the list of passwords in above image. AND, Even a 5th grader can literally guess th
11 Million Ashley Madison Passwords Cracked In Just 10 Days

11 Million Ashley Madison Passwords Cracked In Just 10 Days

September 10, 2015Mohit Kumar
Last month, when hackers leaked nearly 100 gigabytes of sensitive data belonging to the popular online casual sex and marriage affair website ' Ashley Madison ', there was at least one thing in favor of 37 Million cheaters that their Passwords were encrypted . But, the never ending saga of Ashley Madison hack could now definitely hit the cheaters hard, because a group of crazy Password Cracking Group, which calls itself CynoSure Prime , has cracked more than 11 Million user passwords just in the past 10 days, not years. Yes, the hashed passwords that were previously thought to be cryptographically protected using Bcrypt, have now been cracked successfully. Bcrypt is a cryptographic algorithm that makes the hashing process so slow that it would literally take centuries to brute-force all of the Ashley Madison account passwords. How do they Crack Passwords? The Password cracking team identified a weakness after reviewing the leaked data, which included u
These Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks Prove 'No One is Immune to Hacking' — Part I

These Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks Prove 'No One is Immune to Hacking' — Part I

September 08, 2015Khyati Jain
If you believe that your organization is not at real risk of cyber attack, then you are absolutely wrong. Incidents of massive data breaches, advanced cyber attacks coming from China , groups like Syrian Electronic Army , Hacking Point of Sale machines at retailers such as Target have splashed across the news in the last one year. Whether a Government Agency or Private Company, Small or a Large Tech Company.... ...It’s no secret that No one is Immune to Cyber Attacks . This article is the first in a two-part series from The Hacker News , listing first four out of  Top 7 Brutal Cyber Attacks. And here we go... #1 "Hacking Team" Data Breach Hacking Team , the controversial spyware company, recently been hacked by some unidentified hackers that exposed over 400 gigabytes of its internal sensitive data on the Internet. Milan (Italy) based IT firm ‘Hacking Team’ sells intrusion and surveillance software solutions to Governments and Law Enforcement agen
Ashley Madison's Company Secretly Running Online Escort Services — Leaked Documents Reveal

Ashley Madison's Company Secretly Running Online Escort Services — Leaked Documents Reveal

September 07, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Yes, you heard right. Ashley Madison ’s parent company Avid Life Media was secretly running an Online Escort Service , recently leaked documents revealed. Avid Life Media was allegedly actively recruiting escorts for a separate online "dating" website, aiming at " sugar daddies ". Ashley Madison with tagline ' Life is short. Have an affair ' made headlines over a month ago when it was hacked by the Impact Team, with millions of its users' personal data published online. Now citing the leaked documents, The Daily Dot reported that an internal memo listed a shell company dubbed Pernimus Limited, which is described as one of Avid Life Media's 'legal entities'. Pernimus Limited leased an escort website called Escorts.ca in 2013 that was similar to other online escort services that have triggered anti-prostitution raids by the United States law enforcement authorities. The Escorts.ca website had remained active unti
Disgusting! Ashley Madison was Building an App – 'What's your Wife Worth?'

Disgusting! Ashley Madison was Building an App – 'What's your Wife Worth?'

August 28, 2015Khyati Jain
We could expect Ashley Madison to cross any limits when it comes to cheating, but this is WORSE . After all the revelations made by the Impact Team past week, this was something different from the leaked data that had names, password and other details of Ashley Madison client s. A dump from the leaked files unfold awful strategy of Avid Life Media (ALM), Ashley Madison's parent company, to launch an app called " What's your wife worth ." As the name says it all, the app allows men to Rate each others Wives. Know Your Wife Worth ' What's your wife worth ' was discovered in a June 2013 email exchanged between Noel Biderman , ALM's chief executive and Brian Offenheim , ALM's vice president of creative and design, which said that Biderman suggested Offenheim about the probable outlook of the app. He suggested options like " Choice should be 'post your wife' and 'bid on someone's wife' ," also
Here’s the List of Top 10 Big Tech Companies where Ashley Madison is very Popular

Here’s the List of Top 10 Big Tech Companies where Ashley Madison is very Popular

August 26, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Cheaters Exposed! Would it be  the Impact Team or a woman ex-employee who worked for Avid Life Media (as per John McAfee claims ), the hackers that breached the cheater's dating website Ashley Madison has made the world aware of a lot of unfaithful people. The data crunching firm Dadaviz has analysed the leaked information of the Ashley Madison website and  revealed that thousands of the cheating website customers are from the large tech companies. Among those large tech companies, IBM and HP have the highest number of employees using the online infidelity website. Also, the list included Cisco, Apple, Intel and Microsoft employees. Top 10 Big Tech Companies that Love to Cheat Here is the list of Top 10 Big Tech Companies where Ashley Madison is the most popular: IBM HP Cisco Apple Intel Microsoft Samsung SAP Oracle Qualcomm Dadaviz found that one-third (34 percent) of all the Ashley Madison accounts were fake. Of course, there would be
Ashley Madison Hacker – An Insider Woman Employee?

Ashley Madison Hacker – An Insider Woman Employee?

August 26, 2015Swati Khandelwal
"Ashley Madison was not hacked!" This is what declared by John McAfee , former founder of antivirus software company McAfee. So far everyone must be aware of Ashley Madison massive data breach. Last week, the hackers, who called themselves Impact Team, posted 10GB of personal data for tens of Millions of its customers, including their names and email addresses. Frequently followed by another leak, where hackers released another 20GB of company's internal data , including personal emails from the CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life, Noel Biderman, along with the source code for its website and mobile apps. John McAfee: Ashley Madison is an Inside Job by a Woman However, in a post published in the International Business Times, McAfee made a controversial statement saying, " Ashley Madison was not hacked ," and claiming that the alleged data breach was " an inside job ." McAfee says Ashley Madison data was plunde
Hack Leads to Extortions and Suicides! Ashley Madison puts $500,000 Bounty on Hackers' Head

Hack Leads to Extortions and Suicides! Ashley Madison puts $500,000 Bounty on Hackers' Head

August 25, 2015Swati Khandelwal
It's been a rough week for cheating website Ashley Madison, whose slogan is " Life is short, have an affair ." Last week, the Impact Team, who claimed to hack Ashley Madison, posted 10GB of personal data for tens of Millions of its customers, including their names and email addresses. The hackers made things even worse by releasing another 20GB of company's internal data , including personal emails from the CEO of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life, Noel Biderman , along with the source code for Ashley Madison's website and mobile apps. However, regardless of how you respond to the Ashley Madison hack , the bottom line is that what the hackers, who called themselves The Impact Team, did was highly illegal. Not just illegal, but now the Ashley Madison hack has become a reason for suicides, blackmail and multiple cases of extortion. "Two unconfirmed reports of suicides due to #AshleyMadisonHack, says Acting Staff Superintendent Bry
Ashley Madison Hackers (with another 300GB Dump) – Wait, Cheaters! We haven't Yet Done

Ashley Madison Hackers (with another 300GB Dump) – Wait, Cheaters! We haven't Yet Done

August 22, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Over a month ago, a group of hackers breached the popular cheater's dating service Ashley Madison and its parent company Avid Life Media, affecting tens of Millions site customers private life and also dump the website's source code onto the dark web. The hackers behind the Ashley Madison hack, who call themselves The Impact Team, leaked 10GB of its customers private data online on Tuesday, shortly followed by another 20GB of company’s internal data  on Thursday. The second round of leak exposed a massive amount of e-mail from Ashley Madison parent company's Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman . Now, the Impact Team also posted a third data dump on Friday. Hackers Finally Break Their Silence The hackers finally spoke out for the first time after the bombshell leaks. In an interview with Motherboard, the hackers claimed to have 300GB of other data from Ashley Madison hack, which includes nude photographs and private, explicit chats between memb
Ashley Madison 2.0 — Hackers Leak 20GB Data Dump, Including CEO's Emails

Ashley Madison 2.0 — Hackers Leak 20GB Data Dump, Including CEO's Emails

August 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
The Impact Team – Wait, Cheaters! We haven't yet done. The group of hackers behind the breach of Ashley Madison , the popular cheater's dating service, have released a second, even much bigger 'cheat sheet' exposing sensitive materials that include sensitive corporate information. Two days ago, the hackers   released nearly 10GB of its customers ' personal data online, which included 36 million emails and hashed passwords , 9.6 Million Credit Card Transactions records and their associated usernames. Nearly 20GB of Ashley Madison Internal Data LEAKED This time, the Impact Team leaked nearly 20GB worth of what appears to be internal data – not customers' data – from the adultery website on the dark Web. The leaked data appears to include the source code for the site, as well as a massive amount of e-mail from Ashley Madison parent company's Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman. According to the researcher, who analysed the leaked data, the TL;D
Ashley Madison Hackers Finally Released All the Stolen Data Online

Ashley Madison Hackers Finally Released All the Stolen Data Online

August 19, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Well, Cheaters are about to have a very Bad Night Today! Hackers who claimed to have stolen customers' data from Ashley Madison , the popular online casual sex and cheating website with a tagline " Life is short. Have an affair ," recently leaked nearly 10GB of its users' personal data online. The group of hackers, which called itself The Impact Team , has reportedly leaked personal data of Ashley Madison customers on the so-called dark web, meaning the data is accessible anyone on encrypted browsers. The leaked data includes personal details of nearly 36 Million Ashley Madison customers' accounts , which includes: Username First and Last Names Email addresses Hashed passwords Partial Credit Card data Street Names Phone Numbers Records documenting 9.6 Million Credit Card Transactions No Mercy for You Cheaters! The Impact Team stole the data  from the popular cheating website last month and threatened the company to reveal all a
Lessons We Learned From Ashley Madison Data Breach

Lessons We Learned From Ashley Madison Data Breach

July 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
Do you use your Real Identity online and think about being private? If yes, then you are insane. Ashley Madison , the popular online dating website with tagline " Life is short. Have an affair ", recently got hacked , reportedly exposing a sample of its users' account information and other personal data online. The hacker group, called itself ' The Impact Team ', is also threatening to release the real names and all associated data of its 37 Million cheating customers. There are also rumors that the team could sell the stolen data for lots of money, instead of revealing it all for free. This isn't first time when the customers of online hooking site are scared of being exposed, two months ago the sex life of almost 4 Million users of Adult Friend Finder was made available on underground market for sale for 70 Bitcoins ($16,800). Lesson we Learned from These Hacks The Ashley Madison hack raises serious questions about what these compa
Oops! Adult Dating Website Ashley Madison Hacked; 37 Million Accounts Affected

Oops! Adult Dating Website Ashley Madison Hacked; 37 Million Accounts Affected

July 21, 2015Swati Khandelwal
" Life is short. Have an affair, " but always remember " Cheaters never prosper. " AshleyMadison.com , an American most prominent dating website, that helps married people cheat on their spouses has been hacked, potentially putting very private details of Millions of its users at risk of being exposed. The Stolen personal data may include information from users’ real names, addresses and their personal photographs to credit card details and sexually explicit chat logs. With a Huge Database of over 37 Million users, AshleyMadison.com , owned by Avid Life Media (ALM) company , is a very popular dating website that helps married people have extramarital affairs. Cougar Life and Established Men, two other dating sites also owned by Avid Life Media, have also had their data compromised. The Hacker group responsible for the hacks called itself " The Impact Team, " a company spokesperson confirmed. The group apparently raises an obje
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