"No business is immune to cyber-attack", warns fraud expert ***Immediate release***
Hugo Plowman - Partner, Mishcon de Reya
Hugo Plowman comments on the Ashley Madison case
Customer data has been stolen from Ashley Madison, a dating website for married people who wish to cheat on their spouse.
Hugo Plowman, Partner at Mishcon de Reya, commented: "No business is immune to this sort of cyber-attack – in recent times we have seen Yahoo, Target, Sony and E-Bay all fall victim to hackers stealing or threatening to expose customer data. At Mishcon de Reya we help our clients protect their online information – we know that user details can be very valuable when bundled up and sold on the black market.
The simple fact is that no system is 100% secure online. In the case of Ashley Madison, the information that users provide is of course of an intensely personal nature which adds another dimension to the story. I would encourage anyone using online sites – whether it's online payment systems, dating sites or social media – to be very careful about what you share and what you write down. There is always a risk that it may become public as a result of a hacking attack such as this, leaving you to pick up the pieces."
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