Gay and bisexual users of the Ashley Madison infidelity website have been left in fear for their lives after it emerged that the identities of users living in countries where homosexuality is illegal and even punishable by death have been posted online.
Users of Ashley Madison’s “Down Low” site, which caters for “married men seeking other men for casual, no-strings fun”, are among the 37 million account holders whose details – and sexual preferences – have been made public by hackers this week.
Other gay domains owned by Ashley Madison whose users are contained in the huge data dump include Man Crunch along with We Know Down Low.
“Down low” is a US slang term for men who identify as heterosexual but also have sex with other men.
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More than 50 accounts have been found from Qatar where homosexual relationships are punishable by up to five years in prison, while almost 1,500 accounts are from Turkey – where homosexuality is not illegal but can get a person kicked out or banned from military service.
The group behind the attack – the Impact Team – breached Ashley Madison’s servers last month, and this week released the data to the Dark Web: a sub-level of the internet that cannot be accessed through normal browsers.
Feltz told : “I’m not online in any shape or form at all. I’m not even married.” They joined the SNP MP Michelle Thomson who has claimed her identity had been “harvested” after an old email address appeared among the data.
The mother-of-two also said she was the victim of a smear campaign.
Homosexual relationships or sex remain illegal in around 75 countries around the world, including many states in the Middle East, Africa, Southeast Asia, and almost all of the Caribbean.