Lessons From The Ashley Maddison Hack

Ashley Madison built a wildly successful business catering to those who seek morally-questionable relationships outside of their committed marriage.

When reports surfaced of a massive hack that resulted in a large amount of confidential data stolen from users, the 24-hour news cycle ran with the story, broadcasting the latest in a series of embarrassing, high-profile hacks that have caused chaos for companies like Target and Sony.

Even national government organizations have suffered through numerous leaks. In order to prevent this pattern from affecting your business, it’s best to learn from the mistakes of these organizations.

History Repeats

Two months before the Ashley Madison hack, a similar attack occurred against AdultFriendFinder, another popular matchmaking service that revolves around intimate encounters.

This leak included 3.5 million accounts, which included personal data and erotic fantasies. Instead of performing a self-diagnostic of security, Ashley Madison only admitted afterwards that their security system wasn’t fully up to par.

Companies should always focus on implementing the best and latest security practices to avoid catastrophic infiltration of their database.

After the Initial Hack

In addition to the threat of releasing confidential data that can ruin the marriages of many, the Ashley Madison hack enabled a variety of malicious behaviour that revolves around the aftermath.

Scammers and hackers have released a flood of links that promise those who are curious about the information access to the leaked data.

This has lured a variety of users to download fake data that contains trojans, viruses and other malware that can potentially steal your valuable data.

Some of the fake data contain booby trap code that offers fake security solutions which claim a virus has already infected your machine. Other malicious code includes redirecting your connection to a survey, a video or requiring you to sign-up to a video game before accessing the data.

The consequences of the hack are still unfolding, teaching business that the damage doesn’t stop after the hack takes place.

How Secure is Your Data?

Today, it’s extremely important for companies to ensure that their data is secure. Considering that most people lack the knowledge and time to properly ensure the safety of a company’s data, it’s wise to leave this task to professionals.

At Dynamix Solutions, we help companies small and large protect their digital information from getting into the wrong hands.  We can handle all of the technical set up and back up that you need to confidently keep your business safe, while you can focus on the business itself.  

Learn more about how our managed IT services can support your company, or contact us to request a free quote, and start feeling more secure.

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