Fake News cuts both ways: Left leaning mainstream media outlets should stop promoting wild conspiracy theories

Anyone that has read these pages over the past year should know we’re not big fans of Donald Trump. Then again we weren’t fans of Hillary Clinton either.

Here at Slabbed we’ve learned a thing or two about PHP security and malicious cyber-attacks through time. That knowledge caused us to question the veracity of claims currently being made by the “Intelligence Community” here in the U.S. about Russia hacking our elections, as reported in various mainstream media outlets such as the New York Times and the WaPo. We have no doubt those organizations were being leaked by the CIA and FBI about what they term Russian hacking including the side shots against Wikileaks, a bane of the intelligence community here in the U.S. What we question is how these media outlets are framing the story as this whole deal appears to be more an exercise in de-legitimizing the election of Trump by making it appear that he is a puppet to the Russian governments than a real news story.

There has been a group of journalists, lead by Glenn Greenwald, that wanted to see some proof of Russian involvement in hacking the 2016 elections. Greenwald’s media outlet, The Intercept has done a great job debunking some of the worst of the yellow journalism on this general issue. Continue reading “Fake News cuts both ways: Left leaning mainstream media outlets should stop promoting wild conspiracy theories”

The Irony of Avid Life Media passing legal threats on the internet is delicious

If Avid Life Media aka Ashley Madison used fake female profiles to lure men to paying for the service, such customers guaranteed to keep their mouths shut if they were not satisfied with the results who also had to pay $19.99 to leave Ashley Madison with a “full delete” service that itself appears to be a scam, at what point does the following come into play since Avid Life used the wires to conduct the business enterprise:

(1)“racketeering activity” means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (B) any act which is indictable under any of the following provisions of title 18, United States Code: Section 201 (relating to bribery), section 224 (relating to sports bribery), sections 471, 472, and 473 (relating to counterfeiting), section 659 (relating to theft from interstate shipment) if the act indictable under section 659 is felonious, section 664 (relating to embezzlement from pension and welfare funds), sections 891–894 (relating to extortionate credit transactions), section 1028 (relating to fraud and related activity in connection with identification documents), section 1029 (relating to fraud and related activity in connection with access devices), section 1084 (relating to the transmission of gambling information), section 1341 (relating to mail fraud), section 1343 (relating to wire fraud)………

Following the link to Wire Fraud, a predicate act under this statute reveals the following:

Whoever, having devised or intending to devise any scheme or artifice to defraud, or for obtaining money or property by means of false or fraudulent pretenses, representations, or promises, transmits or causes to be transmitted by means of wire, radio, or television communication in interstate or foreign commerce, any writings, signs, signals, pictures, or sounds for the purpose of executing such scheme or artifice, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

You know folks, depending on how you look at the Ashley Madison hack, I could see an argument for the Impact Team being considered whistle blowers if the above is true.  Maybe the FBI needs to divide its Ashley Madison hack investigation in two and explore whether websites like Ashley Madison are a modern day version of a lonely heart scam that used to be perpetrated by old fashioned snail mail back in the day. Continue reading “The Irony of Avid Life Media passing legal threats on the internet is delicious”

Most everything you need to know about the Ashley Madison Hack

The Ashley Madison hack has been in the news since last month, but with the release of user database which ended up on websites that had html zipcode database query functions along with dumps on sites like Pastebin, Ashley Madison user information has leaked out in a big way.

The following links will get everyone up to speed on the hack and its ramifications for Avid Life Media customers.

The Ashley Madison data dump explained ~ Daniel Victor

Who released the information, and why?

A group of hackers calling themselves Impact Team posted a small portion of the data in July, and they threatened to release the rest unless the site was shut down.

The hackers said they were upset about Ashley Madison’s policy for deleting user data when requested. The company has long offered members the ability to scrub their profiles and information from the site for $19, a feature that BuzzFeed News said generated nearly $2 million in 2014. But, as the breach showed, the data remained.

“We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of A.L.M. and their members,” Impact Team wrote, referring to Avid Life Media. “Now everyone gets to see their data.”

How could I check who had an account?

A reminder: The information found in the data has not been verified.

But two different search tools have surfaced that claim to show whether an email address was used.

More than 15,000 email addresses in the breach were hosted on United States government and military servers, The Hill reported.

So with that set up there is a rumor spreading like wildfire that the next data dump will feature nude selfies and the like. The bad news is the Impact Team evidently has the user photos and private chat transcripts. The group indicated it would not dump “dick pictures” on the internet but they also did not rule out leaking private chats and other images posted through the ‘cheaters’ site.

Here is an interview with the Impact Team hackers that appeared in Vice. Here are a few snippets: Continue reading “Most everything you need to know about the Ashley Madison Hack”

Paid Mississippi Ashley Madison List (Updated)

These have been getting zapped quickly so those that snooze will lose. H/T Anonymous @ Pastebin

Update:

The Pastebin page linked above has been zapped. Someone evidently put a new Mississippi paid list up and my perusal indicates it is the same data as the one above which has been deleted.

To the extent some of you are evidently not very cyber savvy please note that Pastebin.com does not belong to Slabbed New Media nor did Slabbed New Media create it. We are linking it for purposes of discussion on the Ashley Madison Hack.

Update:

It appears all the Pastebin links have been broken. Slabbed New Media will continue to follow this story but we’re moving on from pasting links to the user lists. Thank you.

Publisher’s Update:

Despite the fact that I mentioned immediately above the Pastebin links were all bad, Slabbed still has huge amounts of outbound useless traffic to Pastebin from Slabbed. To make things crystal clear I disabled all the hyperlinks. While I love new readers you guys are killing us with kindness. I’d submit anyone with a familiarity with this area and just a bit more than a passing interest in what happens here should start coming everyday because the leaks all happened late last week and you really had to be present to win. Thank you. ~ Doug

Paid Louisiana Ashley Madison list by zip code posted to internet (Updated)

Hat tip to Doug in comments. Click here for a text link of paid Louisiana Ashley Madison users. [Link Broken]

Names that I recognized in fairly short order can be found on lines 237, 1003, 1618. Feel free to post your own line numbers in comments.

Update:

The original Pastebin pages was deleted. Here is a link to Part Two of the Louisiana Data Dump. I am working to get a link to part 1 as soon as I can find it.[Link Broken]

Update:

Here is a link to another Louisiana paid list.[Link Broken]

Update:

It appears all the Pastebin links have been broken. Slabbed New Media will continue to follow this story but we’re moving on from pasting links to the user lists. Thank you.

Publisher’s Update:

Despite the fact that I mentioned immediately above the Pastebin links were all bad, Slabbed still has huge amounts of outbound useless traffic to Pastebin from Slabbed. To make things crystal clear I disabled all the hyperlinks. While I love new readers you guys are killing us with kindness. I’d submit anyone with a familiarity with this area and just a bit more than a passing interest in what happens here should start coming everyday because the leaks all happened late last week and you really had to be present to win. Thank you. ~ Doug

State officials, Tupelo Police, others turn up on Ashley Madison list

I also saw an old Mississippi DMR employee as well as the Departments of Agriculture, Rehabilitation Services. I posted on Twitter that I found 6 employees but I ended up finding 5. The lesson here is to never use a government email address to handle personal business, especially of the extramarital affair variety. Here is the link I used but this list is also plastered all over the internet.