It might be too late for many people who, lured by a supposed cloak of digital anonymity, have shared their innermost wishes, fetishes and fantasies on hook-up and porn sites.And those companies know that their digital troves of secrets are exactly what make them a target for emboldened hackers. government officials, UK civil servants, and workers at European and North American corporations, taking already deep-seated fears about Internet security and data protection to a new level.Have an affair." The hackers, who have not been identified, appear to bear a grudge against the company and want to undermine it by exposing users to public scrutiny.The prospect of attacks by non-financially driven hackers pursuing publicity, blackmail or moral judgments sends shivers through the online dating and sex industry.Reports that blackmailers armed with the data dump are contacting Ashley Madison members for extortion will reinforce concerns.For the online adult entertainment segment, which accounts for more than 10 percent of Internet traffic, the trend is particularly worrisome.But how viable are these sites as businesses, particularly as many still look like they were created on Geo Cities in the late 90s?Reynolds Gordon, a champion middle-distance runner as a teenager, says emphatically that he runs the free site and its associated sex parties out of 'more of a love for it and (as) a hobby (rather) than a business'.
Is the industry facing a backlash of 12-inch proportions or merely ripples of discomfort from society getting used to more liberal ways of living? They admit to being disappointed in their search for a bisexual woman to 'play with'. they may show some intention but it never leads to anything.' A man, who insists on Skyping to check I'm real, says he's had success arranging private offline encounters - and prefers Heaven to online competitors like Fab Swingers and Adult Friend Finder.
Surprisingly or not, Wan Chai - famed as Hong Kong's red light district - is the area of the city where men are most likely to have an affair, according to hacked data from cheating website Ashley Madison, while Yau Ma Tei is the city’s most monogamous place.
Analysis by the South China Morning Post of data released by hackers earlier this month showed which Hong Kong suburbs had the most billing addresses used to buy credits on the site.
It's mid-afternoon on a Friday and a dozen or so people are active on Heaven Social, the decidedly retro (think Facebook's first iteration) social network of Heaven Circle, a two-and-a-half-year-old company that throws 'elite' sex parties. 'Everybody's a bit more refined, well educated, I guess,' he says.
For people into things that still aren't a topic of polite conversation, the internet is, unsurprisingly, brimming with possibilities.