Senior CE Industry Executives Exposed In Ashley Maddison Saga As New Data Dumped Online
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As more Australians find that they have been exposed in the Ashley Maddison extra-marital web site drama comes news that an even bigger dump of data has been posted online.

 Millions of personal names, addresses and emails of

those who signed up to affairs website Ashley Madison have been published online

including several executives working for mass retailers and manufacturers.

It already appears that several CE and appliance industry

executives have been looking for extra-marital love behind their partners back

including one high profile executive from a mass retailer whose name pops up on

the dumped data.

ChannelNews obtained the names of several executives in the

CE industry by typing in known email addresses.

Now how can you find out if you know someone who has been

exposed by the big dump?

A developer known as “Rufo” has created a simple

website for searching the massive database of emails that have been published

by the hackers.

The site, called, will only reveal emails

that have been used to sign up for a profile with Ashley Madison.

It won’t reveal if the user behind the email address has

been actively using the site.

What’s more, it doesn’t reveal anything like names, credit

card details or sexual preferences that could be exposed in the second dump of

data that was released a few hours ago.

The fresh set of Ashley Maddison files have been uploaded to

a part of the internet known by some as the “dark web”.

The data dump was accompanied by a note addressed to the

infidelity dating website’s boss saying: “Hey Noel, you can admit its real


The name of one of the files indicates that it contains

nearly 14 gigabytes worth of data from the chief executive’s email account.

However, there is a problem with it.

The new upload contains a large file whose name indicates it

contain emails taken from Avid Life Media’s chief executive.

The archive in question has been compressed, and efforts to

expand it to normal size bring up an error message, “It’s in a zipped

format, and when I try to decompress the contents a message comes up saying it

won’t work,” Per Thorsheim, chief executive of cybersecurity firm God

Praksis, told the BBC.

“I can’t yet say why.”

Several security Companies have independently verified that

the archive appears to be damaged.

Other files, however, can be viewed.

Mr Thorsheim said they appeared to contain collections of

computer instructions.

“The one that I opened up – Avid.tgz – looks to me like

source code,” Mr Thorsheim said.

“I can’t say [for sure] that it’s from Ashley Madison,

but I wouldn’t be surprised if it is.”

Another security firm that has taken a cursory look at these

files highlighted the threat they could pose.

“If this turns out to be legitimate, which it in all

aspects appears to be, having full source code to these websites means that

other hacker groups now have the ability to find new flaws in Avid Life’s

websites, and further compromise them more,” wrote Dave Kennedy, chief

executive of TrustedSec, on his firm’s blog.


Ashley Madison’s owner, Avid Life Media, could not be

reached for comment.