Ashley Madison, the adult affair site, has been hacked, compromising the information of its 37 million users, reports Krebs on Security.
Data stolen by hackers include user private details and financial documents. The unknown hackers, who call themselves the “Impact Team,” have already leaked large amounts of customer records from Ashley Madison. The hackers have threatened to continue exposing “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 email,” if Avid Life Media (ALM) — a company that owns both Ashley Madison and it’s similar counterpart, Established Men — refuses to take down both AM and EM.
They’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion
“We’re not denying this happened,” Noel Biderman, ALM CEO, told Krebs on Security. “Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.”
The Impact Team also released a sort of moral manifesto, showing no sympathy for users who may be outed. “They’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the document reads. The group claims Ashely Madison’s “full delete” service — an option to wipe your user history, address and payment information from its records for $19 — is flawed. “Full Delete netted ALM $1.7 million in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie. Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed.”
According to Fusion, writer Robert Scoble posted an e-mail from AshleyMadison’s PR last year that boasted the site was “the last truly secure space on the Internet.”
The hackers also reminded ALM that “[with] over 37 million members, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people.”