BidVertiser ClickADu HilltopAds

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 trove.

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 worldwide.

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.

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 week.

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 Eastern country.

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 Admits to Being Unfaithful, Porn Addiction: 'I'm the Biggest Hypocrite Ever'

(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 Madison.

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

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 in general.

"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 outing?"

"People who accuse others of trying to destroy their marriages, 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 around the 5:30 mark.