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Ashley Madison Hacked, Millions of Adulterers’ Details at Risk

Ashley Madison Hacked, Millions of Adulterers’ Details at Risk

by Ali RazaJuly 20, 2015

Ashley Madison, a website infamous for being a mainstream portal encouraging extra-marital affairs, has been hacked. The website claims to have more than with nearly 37 million registered users. The unknown individual and/or hacking group behind the cyber attack are threatening to expose the personal data of millions of users unless certain demands are met, according to numerous sources including Time.

The news story was first reported by cyber crime reporter and enthusiast Brian Krebs on his security blog.

Users are “cheating dirtbags and deserve no discretion”, according to the hackers.

Extra-marital users’ data breach that could prove extra embarrassing

online-dating-site-ashley-madison-hackedAvid Life Media (ALM) is a Canadian company that owns Ashley Madison, Cougar Life, and Established Men, all properties encouraging hookups and extramarital liaisons. The Toronto-based firm was breached by a cyber-attack from an unknown hacker group named The Impact Team.

It wasn’t long before large dumps and caches of stolen data started appearing online. Researchers piling through the caches found:

  • Scraps of user data taken from nearly 40 million registered users in all three websites.
  • Employee information of those working at ALM.
  • Banking information of accounts and more used by ALM.
  • The salaries of individual employees at ALM.
  • Secretive framework and blueprints of the company’s internal servers.

These are The Impact Team’s demands:

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.

Offering little sympathy for the registered users on the website, the hacking group added: “Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” before continuing to say, “Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver. We’ve got the complete set of profiles in our DB dumps, and we’ll release them soon if Ashley Madison stays online. “

The threat didn’t stop there, with the hacking group stating: “And with over 37 million members, mostly from the US and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people.”

ashley madisonThe Impact Team also highlighted the website’s “Full Delete” feature which the company assures will completely wipe out all traces of a user’s account and profile from the website for $19. The hacking group says this is a lie.

“Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie,” said the group. They added that credit card details which include the user’s real name and address remain and aren’t completely removed, despite the “Full Delete” service.

Noel Biderman, ALM’s CEO confirmed the hack when contacted by Krebs.

“We’re not denying this happened,” Biderman said. “Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.”

In May 2015, the Wall Street Journal’s blog had the foresight to speculate about the likelihood of Ashley Madison being a hacker’s target after the breach of AdultFriendFinder, another hookup website not too long ago.

“Given the breach at AdultFriendFinder, investors will have to think of hack attacks as a risk factor,” the WSJ wrote. “And given its business’s reliance on confidentiality, prospective Ashley Madison investors should hope it has sufficiently, er, girded its loins.”

It is still unclear as to how much account data of AshleyMadison users has been posted online. If the hackers’ claims are to be taken seriously, there will be more data dumps published online each day the company remains online. There’s plenty of data to be revealed if all 37 million user accounts’ information has been stolen.

Image from AshleyMadison Website and Shutterstock.

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  • englishvinal

    Sounds like the “hackers” are a group of very disgruntled wives and women….
    Anyway the old boys are in trouble….
    My father used to say.. “never put anything on a piece of paper that you don’t want read out loud in a courtroom”.. and it seems that this maxim applies to the internet.

  • A League of Extraordinary Move

    I just came to look at the pictures, but since I’m here it looks like bitcoin is slowly rising in popularity again which is good for me because I bought one,at the urging of my wife for $800.

  • SententiaeDeo

    Websites that promote sin are also prone to malware, so is it any surprise it got cracked?

  • Robert Genito

    I don’t agree with the site…but I also don’t agree with them not caring for their user’s privacy by NOT using a private payment system!

  • DMo09


  • Dan

    Hey, I’m happy, happy, happy, and I am so going to bust a gut laughing at those who were caught. It’s about time. If I were in a nation where it was legal to hack in and broadcast this kind of information publicly, as long as it was true, I think I’d be game. The only problem is that some of the accounts may have been created in the name of other people, so some innocent and unknowing people may have their names drug through the mud. But as for the real adulterers, I would just laugh, do a big fist pump and say loudly, “YES!” If you adulterers think that’s heartless, guess what. I can try to learn to play a somber tune on my fiddle for you, and just understand I would be more concerned for the spouses you cheated on than you anyway. Sorry, but that’s just the truth.

    And a nice effect of this would be if these kinds of businesses actually went out of business. It’s strange to ponder, though, whether this company would profit from making fake accounts so that every participant would sign up expecting to have a better chance of having an affair–that is, that there would be more of a selection to choose from than there actually is. i wonder if the real number is between 32 and 37 million or whether the real number is more like a couple thousand with names added to the database to inflate the numbers.

    After all, if people were cheated and did not find encounters, what are they going to do? Are they going to sue when their spouse will find out?

    I have a particular hatred for affairs for many reasons I won’t share. But it’s mostly from seeing how children and faithful spouses are left broken hearted, cheated, robbed, and miserable. it says in scripture every one engaged in this kind of behavior is going to hell. What does the Bible miss? Liars? Rev. 21:8 covers that. Cowards? Same. Immoral? Same. Abominable? Same. If someone is going to go to hell, that group would seem to have to contain adulterers. So, why encourage adultery? If you’re married, did you make promises? Are you keeping them? If not are you going to start? When? Later? Always tomorrow or next week or next year? There are people who have never committed adultery ever. Why not make it your goal to be one of them, and if you have already blown that, why not make it your goal to get to your death bed never having broken your vows again? Why not be a sincere person rather than a liar or a hypocrite or a coward or a cheat? Wny?

    Why do companies like this make any money at all? Don’t believe in hell? Do you believe in ethics? So many say they can be ethical without believing in God, but do they? It seems plenty put on a show of religion and cheat in almost every way possible. They cheat in business and they cheat in school. They cheat in their taxes and they cheat in their marriages. They cheat their children of growing up in a faithful loving family and if they say they love their spouses and their children, they are lying. If they truly loved them, they would not cheat on them. Perhaps they feel they won’t get caught. It’s nice they may get caught here. Isn’t it?

    I’ve done things I am not proud of, too. But I have never slept with a woman I did not marry. Sadly, the count there is not one but two, but the ending of my first marriage was not something I caused or was in agreement with. My second marriage is a blessing.

    I am sure I feel as much attraction to a beautiful woman as any man does. Gorgeous, sweet women are indeed a temptation to me. And temptations are everywhere. You don’t have to go looking for them. What you do have to do is to stay away from them. When Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce Joseph in the Old Testament, Joseph ran away. That is the right thing to do. Don’t test the water. Don’t try to see if you can explore a little further. Don’t seek to have time alone with someone who triggers an attraction response in you. If you have to be with that person, bring your spouse along.

    If you’re married, the idea behind the vows is to prevent a violation of those vows, not seek one.

  • Glenn Davis

    I got an email demanding I pay a certain amount, I can’t remember now how much, with bitcoins. I knew what bitcoins were, but I hadn’t heard of Ashley Madison at that time, and had to look it up. Yet another spam-scam . Even if I was on their books, I would leave a woman very frustrated. My wife had a good laugh too.
    Signed -: Unable to stand up.