Divorce rates increase due to Ashley Madison hack, says divorce attorney

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Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman demonstrates his website on a tablet computer during an interview in Hong Kong August 28, 2013. Founded in 2002, Ashley Madison, the world's biggest online dating website for married men and women, has over 20 million users in 30 regions all over the world. Reuters/Bobby Yip

Ashley Madison hackers have just released a massive cache of user data to the Internet. Despite revealing a lot of names who have availed of the cheater-friendly website, those who were behind the attack promised that they still have some tricks up their sleeves.

Previous attacks have also hit Adult Friend Finder and OKCupid, but Ashley Madison, according to Tech Times, had the biggest potential to push divorce rates up. Divorce attorneys are reportedly already preparing themselves to work overtime.

"We are all saying, 'It is going to be Christmas in September,'" says divorce lawyer Steve Mindel, according to Mercury News. "Pretty soon, all of this stuff is going to surface. There is going to be a lot of filings for divorce directly as a result of this."

Since the great reveal, 32 million people have reportedly been compromised. Shortly after the private information of husbands who were caught cheating on Ashley Madison were posted on the Internet, news website makers sorted out and indexed the details into ad-filled websites. Through this, the sensitive  material can easily browse through the information to find familiar names.

At present, the full effects of what has happened is yet to be realised by the public. However, lawyers are expecting that there will be some chronic results due to mistrust which will eventually lead to divorce.

Some of those whose names were posted  already started their counter-attacks via extortion suits. There was one cheating husband who admitted that he was very worried by the spam-like email he got, telling him to pay $225 in bitcoins so that his Ashley Madison private details will not be given to his wife.

"So, they have my home billing address and first and last name," said the Ashley Madison user, as stated in Krebson Security. "So, it would be relatively easy for them to get my home records and figure out who I am. I will accept the consequences if this does get disclosed, but, obviously, I would rather not have that happen because my wife and I are both very happy in our marriage."

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