Ashley Madison Breach Security Lessons

Most data security breaches like the hack of cheating Web site Ashley Madison are embarrassing for brands as well as consumers. But there are things firms and users can do to protect themselves.

The site that bills itself as EUan online personals and dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounter and extramarital affairsEU was hacked in July. At that time, hackers threatened to release the private information of 37 million customers. Now, hackers have made good on that threat.

EUThis event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities,EU Ashley Madison said in a statement. EUThe criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world.EU

No Signs of Slowing

We turned to Troy Gill, Manager of Security Research at security software firm AppRiver, to get some thoughts and safety tips in the wake of yet another high-profile data breach -- and an especially embarrassing one.

EUBreaches are showing no immediate signs of slowing,EU Gill said. EUHowever, the adoption of chip and pin technology here in the United States will eventually have some positive impact in reducing these events because it will significantly limit how stolen card data can be monetized by the criminals.EU

That sounded like good news, so we drilled deeper. Gill explained that card thieves currently can recreate the basic EUmagnetic strip cardsEU -- that the majority of us still use -- very easily and at a low cost. Thieves can...

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