Monday, August 24, 2015

Cheaty Cheating Cheaters

Well, Dear Reader, it has been pretty difficult to not hear about the hacking of the renowned 'dating' site for married persons seeking a little something on the side.

Some of the fallout has made for hilarious reading as well, particularly with the revelation of that 'family values activist' (and full-time hypocrite) Josh Duggar had been a paid-up member. Love the sinner but hate the sin, eh, Josh?

And then the slew of allegations of government employees, police officers, and other officialdom using their work email addresses to sign up to an Ashley Madison account.

Anyway, here's the thing I don't understand. If signing up for something a little dodgy, something you don't really want other people finding out about - like your boss or your husband/wife - why would you use your regular email address? Why would you pay from your normal credit card?


Poor form, cheaters. Poor form.

As we know, there are a number of anonymous email services out there - or you could just set up a fake gmail account. From what I understand, however, there is no email verification at the Ashley Madison site so you could make anything up.

And as for making virtually untraceable - as far as your partner is concerned - credit card payments, you can purchase Visa pre-paid gift cards readily enough.

One thing I am quite curious on is the number of male versus female members on Ashley Madison. From my 'research', I am led to believe there have been a number of allegations over the years regarding fake profiles of females in order to bolster the numbers.

So I've gone ahead and found the torrent to the data dump. I haven't downloaded it yet as I'm not that interested in wasting some 10 gigabytes of bandwidth, but if I get bored some time in the future, I may very well do.

Could make for some interesting observations.      

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Forewarned is forearmed. Sometimes.

Sometimes, Dear Reader, things turn out in an entirely unexpected way - and that's a good thing.

Case in point, a little while ago I received a Protection Order to be served on an individual in regards to a domestic violence matter where a number of threats had been made. 

So, looking at the file, I have to admit I really wasn't liking what I saw.