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John McAfee: The Ashley Madison hack is the death knell of secrets

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Without question, and immediately, I was connected with his secretary. I posed as a member of an international enforcement agency - that does not really exist, by the way - and implied that her boss might have been involved in the recent hack and I needed to verify that she really was who she said she was.

Within 30 seconds of saying hello I had both her password and her boss's password written down.

90% of my time spent acquiring these passwords was spent finding a phone number for Ashley Madison. I have thrown both passwords away and have no intention of doing anything with them.

Now to the hackFirst and foremost, the group claiming responsibility for the hack – The Impact Team – does not exist. There is only one person involved in this hack. I cannot tell you how I know, but the simple published data should help point to this fact. The group's name has never appeared in any prior hack. The name has not surfaced at any time, neither in the deep web nor the dark web, nor anywhere else.


I found the data from this hack to be fascinating. What fascinated me most was the data (including email data) that indicated a person's profession. The top cheaters, by profession and sex are:

For Men:

  • Doctors
  • Police Officers
  • Lawyers
  • Real Estate Agents

For Women:

  • Teachers
  • Soccer moms
  • Nurses
  • Real Estate Agents

From emails, the choice of hotels where cheaters choose to meet are, in order of preference:

  • Sheraton
  • Hilton
  • Hyatt
  • Holiday Inn
  • Radisson
  • Comfort Inn
  • Four Seasons
  • Marriott
  • Best Western
  • Westin

It should be no surprise that in the US, Washington DC tops the list of cheaters by percentage of population - by a wide margin.

I should not be surprised that this was so easy to hack. 

And yeah, that data on cheaters is interesting.

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