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How to figure out if your email was exposed in the Ashley Madison hack

Published Aug 19th, 2015 3:30PM EDT
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What should be a dream for divorce attorneys is a nightmare for many people who thought they would be able to discreetly cheat on their spouses through the website Ashley Madison. Now that an estimated 33 million Ashley Madison users have had their personal information online, you may be wondering whether your own email address will pop up on the list. The Verge informs us that there are now at least two websites that have popped up that will help you see if your email was part of the massive data breach.

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Both or Trustify have set up simple forms to let you search for specific email addresses that were exposed during the hack.

“A database containing confidential information about Ashley Madison users has been published, and intimate details of 36 million users are now available to the public,” Trustify writes. “Many people will face embarrassment, professional problems, and even divorce when their private details were exposed.”

Both websites have simple setups: Just enter your email address into the information boxes and click either “Search” or “Find Out Now.” Anyone who has ever signed up for an account at Ashley Madison might want to get out in front of this now so you can explain to your spouse how you signed up for an account while drunk one night and haven’t logged back into it since… until, of course, your spouse does a search and finds all your Ashley Madison credit card transactions.

Find both search tools at the source links below.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.