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July 20, 2015

Ashley Madison Cheater Site Hacked; Hackers Threaten to Release Information on All 37 Million (Alleged) Subscribers

I don't buy that 37 million figure, but you get the gist.

Hackers have stolen and leaked personal information from online cheating site Ashley Madison, an international dating site with the tagline: "Life is short. Have an affair."

The site, which encourages married users to cheat on their spouses and advertises 37 million members, had its data hacked by a group calling itself the Impact Team. At least two other dating sites, Cougar Life and Established Men, also owned by the same parent group, Avid Life Media, have had their data compromised.

The Impact Team claims to have complete access to the company’s database, including not only user records for every single member, but also the financial records of ALM and other proprietary information. For now, the group has released just 40MB of data, including credit card details and several ALM documents.

According to the information security journalist Brian Krebs, who broke the news, ALM has confirmed that the hacked material is genuine, and the company is working to remove from the net the material that has already been posted. But the initial leak is just a taster, according to the Impact Team, which accompanied the data with a manifesto threatening release of further information if Ashley Madison and Established Men are not permanently closed.

"Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms, or we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails. The other websites may stay online," the group's statement reads.

So what's this about? Well, the hackers are pissed that Ashley Madison charges fifteen pounds sterling for a "full delete" of all user information, if that user wants to disappear from the site completely (that is, they've regretted their decision to join). But the hackers say they never actually delete all that information.

So this seems to be ex-users getting vengeance on a misbehaving company.


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