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4,700 “.sg” e-mail addresses found in adultery site’s leaked data

Over 4,700 e-mail addresses with 'sg' suffix found in leaked data of hacked adultery website

Is your e-mail address in the leaked list of Ashley Madison members?

Last week, personal information belonging to more than 32 million members of the adultery website was leaked online by hackers.

The New Paper combed through the large data dump and found 4,751 e-mail addresses with the ".sg" suffix, which indicates a Singapore domain address.

Examples of such addresses include yahoo.com.sg or live.com.sg addresses.

These addresses are said to be registered with Ashley Madison, whose tagline is "Life is short. Have an affair".

These e-mail addresses also included 38 ".edu.sg" e-mails, which typically belong to students, teachers and faculty members of local education institutions.

An MOE spokesman told TNP: "MOE will check the veracity of the e-mail accounts being used. If there are breaches of regulations or inappropriate conduct that undermines the values expected of our educators, we will take appropriate action."

It is likely there are more Singapore e-mail addresses in the leaked data because many people here have e-mail addresses without the ".sg" suffix, such as Gmail and Hotmail.

The leaked data, which was about 9.7GB in size, can be downloaded by anyone. But it is hosted on the "dark Web" that is not easily accessible.

In the US and Canada, the data leak has had wide-ranging consequences.

The hack has reportedly led to two suicides, said Canadian Police.

"Spin-off" crimes including extortion, blackmail and online scams have also been attributed to the leak.

Some websites claim to provide access to the data and also offer to delete data from the web for a hefty fee of US$230 (S$322).

One of the more high-profile users who has been exposed on the site is conservative US reality TV star Josh Duggar from 19 Kids And Counting.

In Singapore, where Ashley Madison was banned from launching a local website in November 2013 over its attack on "family values and public morality", the response to the leak has been tepid.

An online forum has claimed to identify two senior lawyers purported to be members of the site, but not much else has been said about people here who may have been involved.

E-mail addresses used to register with the site are not verified, which means the owners of these e-mail addresses need not necessarily be users of the site.

The work e-mail address of an educator in an international school here was on the leaked list.

However, when contacted, a spokesman said the e-mail, while functional, is not the educator's actual work e-mail address.

REDIRECTED

She said: "(The educator) does not have access to the e-mail (address) listed on the site.

"Any e-mails sent to that address are immediately redirected to the school's main account."

Mr Justin Tan, an associate lawyer at Trident Law Corporation, said it is illegal to use someone else's e-mail address to register for services.

He said: "Using someone else's e-mail address without their knowledge or authorisation is possibly an offence under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act."

Some e-mail addresses listed on the site are also said to be fake.

Ashley Madison does not require valid e-mail addresses.

TNP also discovered two ".gov.sg" e-mail addresses, one of which bore the "cpib.gov.sg" domain.

But a spokesman for the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) clarified that the address did not exist in its system.

CNN reported that more than 15,000 e-mail addresses listed in the data dump were government and military agencies, some of which were proven to be real.

Human resource experts noted that using your work e-mail addresses for personal use is generally frowned upon.

Ms Linda Teo, the country manager for ManpowerGroup Singapore, said: "Strictly speaking, company or work e-mail addresses should not be used to access personal sites."

Experts also said that if employees were found to have been looking for affairs on the site, it could affect their standing within the company.

Mr Erman Tan,president of the Singapore Human Resources Institute, saidmost companies tend to draw a line between an employee's personal and professional life.

"If it is found that your personal affairs affect your work, you can get fired," said Mr Tan.

BY THE NUMBERS

4,751

Total number of 
e-mail addresses with .sg

3,272

.com.sg

38

.edu.sg

225

.live.com.sg

24

.net.sg

2

.gov.sg

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Reporter and camerman shot dead on live TV

TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while filming an interview in Virginia on Wednesday (Singapore time).
TV journalists Alison Parker and Adam Ward were shot and killed while filming an interview in Virginia on Wednesday (Singapore time).

A pair of US journalists were slain while conducting a live TV interview in Virginia.

Reporter Alison Parker, 24, and cameraman Adam Ward, 27, were shot by a man who authorities have described as a "disgruntled employee" who was fired by their TV station, WDJB7.

Footage of the incident showed Miss Parker interviewing her subject for a morning programme when shots rang out, causing both women to flee and scream in terror as Mr Ward and his camera slumped to the floor before the feed cut back to their stunned anchorwoman back in the studio.

A total of eight shots can be heard clearly on the recording.

The suspect, identified as former WDJB7 employee Vester Lee Flanigan whose face could be seen briefly in the recording, later tried to kill himself on a highway.

He is now in critical condition, according to WDJB7.

'Our hearts are broken'

Announcing on air, station general manager Jeffrey Marks said: "Alison and Adam died this morning at 06:45 shortly after the shots rang out. We do not know the motive or who the suspect or the killer is.

"I cannot tell you how much they were loved by the WDBJ7 team... our hearts are broken."

The station reported that the woman who was being interviewed survived the attack and is in surgery.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said: "We believe it was a disgruntled employee who fired at the TV crew. Not a case of terrorism.

"It is a criminal case."

Sources: YouTube (video removed), BBC, WDJB7

Athletes cash in on SEA Games success

Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were among the 183 athletes who received $1 million for their SEA Games success.
Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were among the 183 athletes who received $1 million for their SEA Games success.

A total of $1 million from the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) and the Tote Board was awarded to Team Singapore's 183 gold medallists at the 28th SEA Games at the SNOC 28th SEA Games Multi-Million Dollar Awards Programme (MAP) Awards Presentation at the Orchard Hotel on Wednesday (Aug 26) night.

Team Singapore clinched a record high medal haul of 84 Gold, 73 Silver and 102 Bronze medals at June's SEA Games, which Singapore hosted for the first time in 22 years.

The contingent of 747 athletes led by Chefs de Mission, Dr Tan Eng Liang and Mr Nicholas Fang, competed in all 36 sports and managed 25 Games records, 29 national records and 74 personal bests. 

The MAP rewards medallists of the SEA, Commonwealth, Asian and Olympic Games. Sponsored by the Tote Board family, recipients receive cash in amounts based on the major Games event and medal won. 

Individual gold medallists at the SEA Games will be rewarded up to a maximum of three gold medals won at the SEA Games, each gold medallist will receive $10,000 for the first gold medal, and $5,000 each for the second and third medals. Gold medallists will receive $15,000 in team events and $30,000 in team sports. 

Schooling and Quah big winners

Swimmers Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen were each given $31,250 for their feats at the biennial Games held in Singapore in June.

Schooling, who was also the top earner when the MAP awards were given out for the 2013 Myanmar SEA Games, won six individual golds and three relay golds, while Quah had four individual golds and also took part in three triumphant relays.

Other top earners include swimmers Tao Li ($23,750), Quah Ting Wen and Amanda Lim ($21,250 each), as well as table tennis player Gao Ning ($20,500). 

Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Minister for Social and Family Development and president of the Singapore National Olympic Council, graced the event as the Guest of Honour and presented personalised congratulatory cards to the medallists while Mr Fong Yong Kian, chief executive of Tote Board, presented the awards.

Mr Tan said: “The 28th SEA Games was indeed extraordinary for Singapore. The 29th edition is not too far away on the horizon, and I wish athletes who aspire to compete all the best in their preparations. We have seen new milestones set by our athletes such as Joseph Schooling and Quah Zheng Wen since the SEA Games. Well done, and I hope it inspires more athletes to aspire to greater things.”

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 26.

Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop.

More than 4,700 Singapore e-mails found in Ashley Madison data leak

More than 4,700 Singapore emails found in Ashley Madison data dump.

Last week,  hackers fulfilled their promise to expose the personal information of more than 32 million members of adultery website Ashley Madison.

The hack has had wide-ranging consequences, especially in the US and Canada, where two suicides have been linked to the leak. 

The New Paper combed through the data and found 4,751 e-mail addresses with the  ".sg" suffix — which indicates a Singapore domain address.

These include addresses ending in ".com.sg" and 38 ".edu.sg" e-mail addresses. The ".edu.sg" suffix typically means the address belongs to students, teachers and faculty members of local education institutions.

However, it must be noted that Ashley Madison does not require a verification of the e-mail, which means anyone can enter an e-mail address, even if he or she doesn't own it.

Mr Justin Tan, an associate lawyer in Trident Law Group, said it is illegal to use someone else’s e-mail address to register for services under the Computer Misuse and Cybersecurity Act

Some e-mail addresses listed on the site are also said to be fake. Ashley Madison does not require valid e-mail addresses.

There were two “.gov.sg” e-mail addresses in the leaked data, one of which bore the ‘cpib.gov.sg’ domain. But a spokesman for the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) clarified that the address did not exist in its system.

Read the full report in our print edition on Aug 27. 

Subscribe to The New Paper, now available in print and digital, at http://bit.ly/tnpeshop

Why Imagine Dragons rock live

Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds showed off his playful side throughout the band's first Singapore gig.
Imagine Dragons frontman Dan Reynolds showed off his playful side throughout the band's first Singapore gig.

They came, they played, they blew the roof off.

On Tuesday (Aug 25), Imagine Dragons gave Singapore a night to remember at the Singapore Indoor Stadium for their very first concert here as part of their Smoke + Mirrors tour — leaving a trail of 8,500 highly-satisfied fans in their wake.

Because not all rock bands are created equal, what makes these Las Vegas rockers so darn amazing to see live?


#1: Drums, Drums, Everywhere


PHOTO: LIVE NATION LUSHINGTON

Most live band set-ups you see include one regular drum set... and that’s it.

Not Imagine Dragons. For them, drums are arguably the biggest feature of the nearly two-hour show.

We counted four giant toms on stage at one point, in addition to drummer Daniel Platzman’s drum set. For their biggest hit Radioactive, every member of the quartet participated in a mass drum solo, thumping out energetic rhythms and working the crowd into a frenzy.


#2: Lights!


PHOTO: LIVE NATION LUSHINGTON

Light shows at concerts are nothing new, but Imagine Dragons’ lights were truly spectacular.

Whether it was full-blown colourful spotlights that threatened to blind spectators (but didn’t!) during the high-octane I Bet My Life, or the meditative light display of falling leaves during encore song The Fall, lights were always there to enhance the mood.


#3: Intimacy


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The trouble with big stadium concerts is that they can feel a little impersonal, like you’re too far away from the action.

While the group delivered many big, rousing numbers, the set also shone during the quieter, more intimate moments. When they broke into a dreamy cover of Alphaville’s Forever Young, people sang along reverently, as if the chorus were a prayer.

Frontman Dan Reynolds also engaged the audience by jumping off stage into the front row, and constantly joking with the crowd. Sample dialogue: “I think (drummer) Daniel Platzman’s beard looks especially ginger tonight.”


#4: Guitar solos


PHOTO: LIVE NATION LUSHINGTON

A rock concert without ripping guitar solos is like a circus without a clown: Completely meaningless.

Luckily, guitarist Daniel Wayne Sermon was on hand to provide some truly blistering solos on the electric guitar, making every guitarist in the audience feel instantly envious (and inadequate).

He even treated audiences to some sexy banjo-playing for It’s Time, proving it’s not about the instrument: It’s how you use it.

Why did woman down $280 cognac just before flying?

Ms Zhao certainly doesn't like wasting alcohol.

You have probably heard of the phrase: Wasting food is a sin.

One Chinese woman took this to the extreme after she was told by airport security that not more than 100ml of liquid was allowed on her domestic flight from Beijing to Wenzhou.

She had a USD$200 (S$280) 700ml bottle of cognac in her possession.

BBC News reported that when this happened at the Beijing International Airport last Friday (Aug 21), Ms Zhao, who is in her 40s, then took things into her own hands.

She downed the entire bottle of alcohol.

What happened next, she probably didn't expect.

According to The Guardian, Ms Zhao became drunk, violently drunk in fact.

“She was rolling on the ground, shouting (at the boarding gate),” a police officer told the Beijing Times.

As a result, she was refused access to her flight.

TIME reported that Ms Zhao, who couldn't stand up at that time, was then taken in a wheelchair to the airport lounge where medical staff checked on her.

She fell asleep and only woke up seven hours later to find that her family members were there to escort her home.

A grateful Ms Zhao thanked the airport staff for helping her.

According to The Shanghaiist, this is not the first time that this has happened.

In June, two men who were told that they couldn't take their large bottle of aphrodisiac wine through the security check at a Guangzhou airport.

They both finished the bottle as they said that they didn't want to waste it and they could "drink like a fish".

Source: BBC News, The Guardian, TIME, The Shanghaiist 

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