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Data Breaches can Fuel Identity Crimes for Five Years or More (as proven by Ashley Madison)

The July, 2015 data breach at Ashley Madison generated massive headlines not only because of it's size, but also because it exposed the identity records and secretive activities of men (mostly) who sought to cheat on their partners. As it turns out, the highly unique nature of what this breach exposed also turns out to be the perfect real-world experiment for proving that breached personal data retains power for as much as five years or more.
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