#CyberFLASH: Security expert believes Ashley Madison website hack was an inside job

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John McAfee thinks he knows who hacked Ashley Madison.

In an article for the International Business Times, the eccentric creator of McAfee antivirus software alleges that the extramarital relationship website was breached by a “lone female who worked for Avid Life Media.”

Last month, a group calling itself the Impact Team leaked private data of more than 30 million users along with internal company documents and emails.

It’s those internal documents — including such mundane items as maintenance schedules and an office layout — that McAfee claims led to him to conclude the breach was an inside job, not the work of outside hackers to whom the information would be of little value.

As for the notion that the hacker was a female, McAfee references lines from manifestos released by the Impact Team that refer to men as “scumbags” and name two site users who joined Ashley Madison the day after Valentine’s Day.

“To call an act the day after Valentines Day “spiteful” is a thought that would enter few men’s minds. If this does not convince you then you need to get out of the house more often,” he wrote.

McAfee said he reached his conclusions after spending more than a week combing through over 40 gigabytes of leaked Ashley Madison data.

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