Cheaters, beware! AshleyMadison.com has been hacked.
Hackers of unknown origin have begun leaking large chunks of user data from the website of Ashley Madison — a social-networking site promising “discreet encounters” for married people and which operates under the rubric “Life is short. Have an affair.” The hacker or hackers behind the breach self-identify as The Impact Team and their main complaint with AshleyMadison isn't that the website promotes or facilitates adultery, but that it allegedly lies to its clients.
"We are the Impact Team. We have taken over all systems in the entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails," the message said. “Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm 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. 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. “
On its website, Ashley Madison claims more than 37 million “anonymous members,” though it is unclear how many of those are active, individual users.
The parent company of Ashley Madison, confirmed on Monday that its systems were hacked by an intruder threatening to release the real names and personal preferences of the site’s millions of users unless it shuts down.
The security breach is bad news for Ashley Madison, which has been battling to gain respectability after it was dubbed the ‘Google of cheating’.
“We apologise for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” Avid Life said. Unauthorised posts and images on the website detailing the hacker’s demands have since been removed.
The breach comes about two months after dating site Adult FriendFinder was compromised. That site has an estimated 64 million members.
..... Devashree Goenka