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Some LGBT People Could be at Risk
over ashley madison hack
(EDGE) The recent hack on the controversial infidelity
website Ashley Madison, which exposed the personal
sensitive information of 37 million users, could put
some LGBT people at risk, the Independent reports.
Ashley Madison users who are looking for same-sex
encounters and live in countries where homosexuality
is illegal stand at risk of persecution. The website, which
helps married people cheat on their spouses, also caters
to people who are "married men seeking other men for
casual, no-strings fun." Not only have users' sensitive
information, like credit card numbers, addresses and
names been revealed in the data breach, but users'
sexual preferences were also exposed to the public this
Accounts made on the Ashley Madison-affiliated
websites for same-sex relationships, like ManCrunch
and We Know Down Low, were also compromised during
the recent massive data dump, the Independent notes.
Homosexuality is illegal in 75 countries around
the world, including many in the Middle East, Africa,
Southeast Asia and all of the Caribbean. The newspaper
reports human rights activists said the hack is putting
many LGBT people around the globe at risk.
According to CybleAngel, the firm that is monitoring
the data leak, 1,200 email addresses out of the 37 million
accounts exposed belong to people who live in Saudi
Arabia. Adultery is punishable by death in the Middle
More than 50 accounts are reportedly from Qatar,
where same-sex relationships are punishable up to five
years in prison. Another 5,000 accounts come from
Turkey, a country that does not ban homosexuality,
but where being gay can be the reason why someone is
booted from military service.
Josh Duggar: 'I'm the Biggest
(EDGE) Josh Duggar, who was the subject of a molestation
scandal that involved his own sisters earlier this year, admitted
Thursday to being unfaithful to his wife Anna Duggar and
claimed he has an addiction to porn, the Daily Mail reports.
The confession comes shortly after Gawker reported Josh
Duggar, 27, paid for at least two accounts on Ashley Madison,
a controversial website that helps married people cheat on
their partners. The website was recently hacked and Gawker
found data that allegedly links the former member of the anti-
gay conservative group the Family Research Council to Ashley
Though Josh Duggar doesn't explicitly say he paid for the
Ashley Madison accounts in the newly released statement, he
does confess he has been unfaithful to his wife and claims he is
addicted to porn, calling himself a "the biggest hypocrite ever."
You can read Duggar’s statement in the Daily Mail at http://
The Ashley Madison hack has impacted more than 37 million
users, revealing names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card
info and more sensitive data to the public. So far, it seems Josh
Duggar is the biggest name tied to the incident.
In Gawker's report, the website shows credit card information
that links Josh Duggar to at least two Ashley Madison accounts
that were used in 2013 through 2015.
Dan Savage: Duggar Deserved to
be Outed as adulterer
(EDGE) Author and gay rights activist Dan Savage stopped by
MSNBC this week to speak with Chris Hayes about the recently
hack on infidelity website Ashley Madison, which exposed
the information of 37 million users including former Family
Research Council employee Josh Duggar.
After a report by Gawker, which alleged Duggar, who was the
subject of a molestation scandal that involved his own younger
sisters earlier this year, paid for two Ashley Madison accounts.
Hours after Gawker's story was published, the former "19 Kids
and Counting" reality star released a statement admitting he's
been unfaithful to his wife and claimed he has a porn addiction.
Pink News points out Savage wrote about the ethics of outing
"Outing someone for their private sexual conduct-even if
everyone agrees that it's wrong-is a brutal tactic that should
be reserved for brutes," he said. Who's a legitimate target for
"People who accuse others of trying to destroy theirmarriages,
fundamentalists who quite literally demonize other people, and
who then go back to their apartments in Washington, D.C., and
cheat on their spouses are political hypocrites and legitimate
targets for outing. People like this guy," Savage added.
When the columnist appeared on MSNBC Thursday, he
explained his views further.
"Josh Duggar is not a private citizen. He is a public figure who
has benefited politically and financially from attacking other
people for their marriages, sex lives, for their alleged immorality.
So his morality his germane," Savage said. "His hypocrisy makes
him a legitimate target for an outing of this sort."
Watch the video of Savage at http://bit.ly/1PqEAE3 around
the 5:30 mark.
Evidence of Infidelities Spreads
Online in Wake of Hack
(AP) Husbands and wives across the world are being confronted
with their partners' extramarital affairs after a catastrophic leak
at adultery website Ashley Madison spewed electronic evidence
of infidelity across the Internet.
Online forums were buzzing Thursday with users claiming
to have found evidence that their significant others were on the
dating site. In Britain and Israel, parliamentarians have been put
on the defensive after their email addresses were identified in the
Ashley Madison marketed itself as the premier venue for
cheating spouses before data stolen by hackers started spreading
across the Internet earlier this week. The prospect of finding the
name of a loved one or an acquaintance amid the site's more
than 35 million registered members has drawn strong interest
Websites devoted to checking emails against the leaked data
appeared to be experiencing heavy traffic. Forums such as Reddit
- the user-powered news and discussion site - carried stories of
anguished husbands and wives confronting their partners after
finding their data among the massive dump of information.
The emotional punch of the Ashley Madison leak puts it in a
separate category than the parade of recent data breaches, said
Eduardo Ustaran, a data protection and privacy lawyer with
Hogan Lovells in London.
"Passwords can be changed and credit cards replaced," he said
in an email. "But the Ashley Madison breach is different because
it threatens to destroy lives and families."
It could also threaten political careers.
Journalists are combing through the data, looking for the
names of celebrities, top officials or religious leaders. Their task
has been complicated by the fact that many of the profiles were
tied to fake or borrowed email addresses, which users did not
necessarily have to validate.
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