If your e-mail address is on the Ashley Madison list....
How do I find out if my e-mail address is on the list?
You can now search for any e-mail address registered with Ashley Madison.
Using the leaked data, sites like Trustify and cynic.al have created searchable databases that allow you to type in an e-mail address to check if it is part of the Ashley Madison dump.
If an e-mail address is in the database, it could mean:
- the address owner is an active member of the site;
- he created an account, but does not use it; or
- someone used his e-mail address to create a fake account.
The database does not show usage of the account or other details that could expose an account holder's potential affair.
I did not sign up, but my e-mail address is on the hacked list. What should I do?
Make a police report, said Mr Justin Tan from Trident Law Corporation.
He said: "This would fall under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act.
Strangers who do not have the authority to use your e-mail address to sign up on Ashley Madison could possibly be committing an offence."
Mr Lee said that if your work e-mail address had been used, you need not tell your employer unless it went against company policy.
He added: "You should probably tell your spouse, since it will be better that your spouse hears this from you instead of from an outsider."
I signed up for Ashley Madison and my details are in the leaked list. What should I do?
You should change your e-mail address to prevent further association and misunderstandings linked with the Ashley Madison leak, said Mr Eric Chan, a solutions consulting directorfrom security software company Fortinet.
Also check the privacy settings on your social media accounts because hackers could use this information to identify and blackmail you. Ignore any online blackmail attempts, Mr Chan said.