How the Ashley Madison Hack Could Have Been Prevented

The fallout from the Ashley Madison hack, which leaked the names of 37 million customers, continues to grow. And itEUs embarrassing. The way to prevent such breaches in the future -- better security.

The Ashley Madison breach is embarrassing because itEUs not just any dating site. Ashley Madison describes itself as EUan online personals and dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounter and extramarital affairs.EU It was first hacked in July but the hackers have now made the private information of the site's users public.

High-level federal employees used work Internet systems to join Ashley Madison and blackmail campaigns are reportedly underway. Headlines are asking, EUShould you look up your partnerEUs details?EU Others are questioning what will become of the site in the wake of this scandalous hack.

Is This Painful Enough?

Casey Ellis, CEO of bug bounty platform Bugcrowd, is looking at the human factor. No other breach has had the potential to wreak havoc in the personal lives of the victims as does the Ashley Madison event. Ellis told us this is the first hack that can truly ruin peoples' lives, not only their credit scores.

EUThis isnEUt a simple credit card hack where I just get a new credit card issued, this is going to ruin marriages and create enough stress to make people do drastic things to either save their marriage or in reaction to getting divorced,EU Ellis said. EUThe blow back is going to be wide and deep with the toll coming in emotional turmoil.EU

He said itEUs safe to assume that 37 million people are sweating bullets and there will likely be a raft of divorces filed. For the first time, the pain caused by a breach is imminently attached to the breach itself, he said.

EUAll that being said, I have but one question,EU he said,...

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