Ashley Madison reportedly made 5 million last year, a 45 percent jump from 2013.
But they focused their attention on only two of ALM's many sites—Ashley and Exceptional And they published the data via a Tor server, which gives them anonymity as long as they didn't make mistakes."If the attacker took proper OPSEC precautions while setting up the server, law enforcement and AM may never find them," Cabetas observed in his blog post."If [the hackers are] going to get popped by law enforcement, it's going to be analysis of their multiple manifestos," Cabetas suspects."If they did not scrub the dialect of those releases, identifying speech patterns and dialect patterns could help law enforcement narrow down the dialect," he told WIRED."And they might be able to match semantic patterns with other writing patterns found online." He notes in particular that among the documents the hackers released were a couple of 'zines, including one written in Polish, for which the hackers also supplied a rough translation that was likely run through Google translate."The more information you put out, the more patterns can be detected," Cabetas says.