The release of source code is also problematic for another reason—it exposes the company's intellectual property to anyone who wants to design a similar business.
A version of email file hackers distributed Thursday turned out to be corrupted and couldn't be opened, but they reposted a new version today, which is still being downloaded by journalists.
The term "oracle" was intended to mean "source of truth and wisdom", and the term "officious", rather than being related to the word's normal meaning, described the many office workers who would use the Yahoo database while surfing from work.
However, Filo and Yang insist they mainly selected the name because they liked the slang definition of a "yahoo" (used by college students in David Filo's native Louisiana in the late 1980s and early 1990s to refer to an unsophisticated, rural Southerner): "rude, unsophisticated, uncouth." This meaning derives from the Yahoo race of fictional beings from Gulliver's Travels. Like many search engines and web directories, Yahoo added a web portal.
that touted itself as the premier cheating site for married people seeking partners for infidelity, Ashley Madison was relatively unknown until hackers broke into its servers and released more than 30 gigabytes of customer and company data this week, propelling it into the spotlight.
The site, owned by Canadian firm Avid Life Media, has been online since 2001 and claims to have about 40 million users, though that figure is almost certainly inflated, considering a former employee's claim that the company paid her to create false female accounts to attract male customers.