News broke last month that someone, originally supposedly hackers but now possibly an insider, had stolen the Ashley Madison marital infidelity dating site's customer database.
The database is now available in some of the darker corners of the internet, and soon likely to be much more widely available. Through a contact with some deep technology connections, Encinitas Undercover has seen the names, addresses, e-mails, and credit card transactions of Ashley Madison users in Encinitas. There were 3480 credit card transactions by 441 unique names in Encinitas zip codes, with 348 names in 92024, 72 names in Cardiff's 92007, and 21 names in 92023 (Leucadia P.O. Boxes). While a handful of the names used pre-paid gift cards rather than identifiably named credit card accounts, most of the names appear legitimate and generally match public records of names and addresses in Encinitas.
Amateur blackmailers are already trying to extort people in the database by texting or e-mailing using the contact info provided. Of course, it would be futile to pay the blackmailers, because thousands or millions of other people have, or soon will have, the same data. If you're in the database, it's probably best to 'fess up immediately to your spouse. And given that men vastly outnumber women among Ashley Madison users, chances are that many of them never actually made a connection and had an affair... not that looking alone is not going to get you in pretty hot water at home.
Encinitas Undercover will not out anyone on the list (so don't even ask), but we will happily clear a whole group. We didn't notice any Encinitas politicians' names in the database, nor any of the 28 obstructionists. One lesser-known North County elected official was listed.