As initially reported by Tech security firm Risk Based Security, the online hacking forum has itself been hacked with 800,000 messages and account information of 536,000 registered users stolen and put on line for anyone, including law enforcement to see. was a clearinghouse used by hackers to buy and sell stolen content, passwords and other hacking enabling information.  Although stolen passwords for the account information were encrypted, the method used to encrypt the passwords is easily cracked by someone with sophisticated computer technology.  At the present time is offline and the following screenshot appears if you go to their website. currently is offline.


Perhaps the most important lesson here is the reminder that your security online is only as strong as the websites you use with the weakest security.  Whether it is Ashley Madison or or any other site, you should be wary of ever involving yourself with a website or a company that you would be embarrassed to have your involvement made public.