I must confess that I have never quite understood the allure of dating sites. Personally, I always preferred to meet my dates the old fashion way. Now it all just seems so damn easy: Stay at home, log into your computer, pay a few bucks, and sign up to meet the girl or guy of your dreams.
Of course, as luck would have it, this is no longer my concern. Being bound by the bonds of matrimony has made my dating habits something to talk and write about in the past tense.
Not everyone shares my views on this issue. Some folks swear by dating sites. Which is why they are so popular and making a lot of people very wealthy.
And it's not only for single people. I first heard about Ashley Madison from a married friend of mine, who couldn't resist telling me what I was missing every chance he got.
I wonder how he feels now?
Yes my friends, Ashley has been hacked. And apparently the hackers are showing no mercy. They are going to put everybody's business out there. (Memo to presidential candidates: Now might be a good time to come clean.)
Here is the first "celebrity" to be outed.
"The Ashley Madison hacks have seemingly outed one prominent public figure so far: Josh Duggar, the eldest son of 19 Kids and Counting‘s Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.
According to Gawker, Duggar had a paid account with the famed website for extramarital affairs while working at the Family Research Council (FRC), a D.C.-based Christian conservative organization. His account information has been tracked to his home, as well as another residence owned by his grandmother.
Duggar became a national pariah after admitting this May to acts of child molestation, and the resulting backlash led TLC to cancel his family’s show in July.
Duggar has repeatedly made efforts to apologize for his actions, but in last night’s data dump of hacked information from the cheating website, someone was shown to have used a credit card with his name and billing address (as screen-grabbed by Gawker):"
No surprise here. Nothing this hypocritical weasel does surprises me. And I am quite sure that there will be more like him to come.
I repeat: If you are running for public office and you signed up with Ashley Madison, now might be a good time to come clean.
"The massive leak attributed to the hackers who rooted to the Ashley Madison dating website for cheaters has been confirmed to be genuine. As if that wasn't bad enough, the 10 gigabytes of data—compressed, no less—is far more wide-ranging than almost anyone could have imagined.
Researchers are still poring over the unusually large dump, but already they say it includes user names, first and last names, and hashed passwords for 33 million accounts, partial credit card data, street names, and phone numbers for huge numbers of users, records documenting 9.6 million transactions, and 36 million e-mail addresses. While much of the data is sure to correspond to anonymous burner accounts, it's a likely bet many of them belong to real people who visited the site for clandestine encounters. For what it's worth, more than 15,000 of the e-mail addresses are hosted by US government and military servers using the .gov and .mil top-level domains." [Source]
What is it those old church ladies used to say? "Jesus take the wheel"