There's an easy way to see whether you've been affected by the Ashley Madison leak and previous massive hacks
More than 30 million people have been affected by the Ashley Madison hack, with financial details, physical descriptions, sexual fantasies, and much more leaked online for the entire world to see.
Numerous websites are now popping up that promise to let you see whether you have been affected by the hack. You enter your email address, and the site checks whether it is in the data dump.
One of these is HaveIBeenPwned.com. It sets itself apart from other similar services by not just checking the Ashley Madison database, but also cross-referencing it with a huge archive of previously hacked customer details.
This includes the Adobe hack, which affected a staggering 150 million accounts, as well as a Snapchat hack that affected 4.6 million accounts and an Adult Friend Finder hack that affected 3.9 million accounts. Altogether, the site can check your email against 220 million potentially compromised accounts drawn from 53 hacked websites.
Troy Hunt, the developer behind HaveIBeenPwned.com, has set the Ashley Madison data so that users will receive an email only if they've been hacked. This means you can't use the website to see whether your friends or coworkers have been affected. In a blog post, he says he has done this because he doesn't "believe it's responsible to make all the AM accounts discoverable by anyone" because the data is "sensitive."
It's also worth checking even if you have never signed up for Ashley Madison yourself. The site doesn't actually verify the email addresses users provide, so it's easy to sign up with a fake address, or one belonging to someone else. You could be in there without even knowing it.Great Netiquette To All!
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