#TBT to that time a group of unknown hackers, the “Impact Team,” threatened to expose all 37 million users on Ashley Madison.com, the notorious cheating site. The data — which includes customer names, addresses, employee documents, credit card information, sexual fantasies — was held ransom for the permanent shut down of both Ashley Madison and Established Men.
It’s been a few weeks since any solid word from whether the hackers would follow through with their threat, with hoards of sweaty-palmed cheaters thinking they missed a major bullet.
Welp, unfaithful married folks, your time is up.
On Tuesday, nearly 10 gigabytes of data was posted to the dark web using an Onion address.
“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” the unidentified hackers wrote in a statement. “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”
The data goes back to 2007, with millions of clandestine transactions exposed. 4chan users have already taken this window of opportunity and found a list of emails that seem to belong to members of the British government.
— Just Call Me Mister (@MisterMetokur) August 18, 2015
To those lamenting the possibility of getting caught as a result of the hack, the hackers have a few choice words:
Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.