As hacker operations grow more sophisticated each year, security measures struggle to stay on top of the game. In the past year alone, dozens of large-scale hacks led to the theft of millions of identities. Home Depot, Ebay, JP Morgan Chase, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the IRS, Sony Pictures, and Ashley Madison all made headlines this year for security breaches.
The Ashley Madison hack became one of the most scandalous news stories of the year due to the controversial nature of the website. AshleyMadison.com is an Internet hookup website that connects single individuals with married people looking to have an affair. While the website was touted as entirely secure and private, hacker group CynoSure Prime discovered flaws on the login page that allowed them to steal 11 million usernames and passwords. This gave CynoSure Prime access to identities of AshleyMadison users, many of whom are famous, including Josh Duggar, Sam Rader, Jeff Ashton, Jason Dore, Josh Taekman, and Chris Christie’s brother.
Unfortunate Consequences of the Hack
This hack was certainly a catastrophe for Avid Life Media, the owner of AshleyMadison.com. The CEO, Noel Biderman, stepped down recently. Reporters shortly thereafter discovered that a majority of the female users on the website were robot profiles and users have been abandoning the website in droves.
However, the hardest hit in this debacle is not AshleyMadison, but the users whose identities were revealed. With the release of AshleyMadison.com user names came the outrage and fury of millions of scorned spouses. Many high profile couples have issued statements saying they have decided to stay together following the calamity, but divorce attorneys predict that most couples will be unable to weather the storm. In fact, many New York divorce attorneys have reported an influx of calls and new clients due to the data leak.
Seeking the Guidance of a Divorce Attorney
Many of these callers are spurned husbands or wives who discovered that their soulmate has been searching for another online. However, other callers are the AshleyMadison users themselves, desperate to know their rights and how to protect their assets should a divorce follow. These users are wise to solicit counsel early on. A skilled divorce attorney is the only person licensed to provide legal advice.