CNNMoney verified this by plugging in email addresses of users it has independently verified. Many of the cheaters exposed in this hack serve in the U. military, evident because they used email addresses that end in the domain.
Adultery does, in fact, violate Uniform Code of Military Justice.
Even if you find the idea of cheating deplorable, you can't help but wonder what it's like on a website totally based on helping people cheat, right?
That's why I decided to create an account and check it out.
Just plug in a name or email address, and you'll find out if someone who signed up for the service.
CNNMoney is not linking to these sites directly, but they can be found via regular Web searches -- if you know exactly what to look for.
Based on Ashley Madison's marketing and my own preconceived notions of marital infidelity largely gleaned from Hollywood, I thought the experience might have at least a hint of glamour and danger.
But instead, it felt desperate and the opposite of sexy.
This is what Tim Cook was talking about earlier this year when he said we don't live in a post-privacy world. The Ashley Madison hack includes customer names, credit card data, physical addresses and sexual preferences. This hack proves that you need to exercise extreme caution if you're going to share your deepest, darkest secrets. Even major American banks use second-rate security. As a hive of cheaters, it has long been the antagonist of betrayed spouses. And the company behind the website, Avid Life Media, knew it couldn't protect user data.
Using your real name or payment information is a hazard.
The website's users were worldwide, and there are 79 countries where homosexuality is illegal.
In Afghanistan, Iran, Mauritania, Nigeria, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, the punishment is death.
This was a big deal because Ashley Madison prided itself on its discretion — it was assumed to be the perfect dating site for a discreet affair.