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Not So Secret, After All: Ashley Madison Hack Reminds Users That There's No Such Thing As Privacy Online Ashley Madison, the now-beleaguered online dating portal for people already in committed relationships, has now become the world's most famous un-kept secret.

By Tamara Clarke Edited by Aby Thomas

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Ashley Madison, the now-beleaguered online dating portal for people already in committed relationships, has now become the world's most famous un-kept secret. The site, whose tagline is "Life's short, have an affair," was recently hacked, exposing private data belonging to millions of its users. The news reports of the size of the hack vary from 30 million users to 37 million users, and at the time of writing, class-action lawsuits against the parent company behind AshleyMadison.com had also been filed. The hack has been attributed to competitors, "the morality police," and there's even speculation of an internal leak. Regardless of how it happened, Internet users should beware: whether you're shopping online for a used car or a tryst with someone else's spouse, your digital footprint is not private and never truly safe.

Tamara Clarke


Tamara Clarke, a former software development professional, is the tech and lifestyle enthusiast behind The Global Gazette, one of the most active blogs in the Middle East. The Global Gazette has been welcomed and lauded by some of the most influential tech brands in the region. Clarke’s goal is to inform about technology and how it supports our lifestyles. See her work both in print regional publications and online on her blog where she discusses everything from how a new gadget improves day-to-day life to how to coordinate your smartphone accessories. Visit www.theglobalgazette.com and talk to her on Twitter @TamaraClarke. #TamTalksTech 
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