Ashley Madison, a popular social network for anyone who wants to cheat on their other half, has been hacked by a group (or possibly just an individual) that has also started to post users’ personal data online.
The site, which has more than 37 million users, said it was working to take down the leaked date, including account details of users…
Ashley Madison adulterers’ site hacked
The group responsible calls itself The Impact Team, and has already claimed responsibility. In a kind of manifesto posted with the stolen data, it said it published the leak in response to alleged lies that Avid Life Media (ALM, the site owners) told its customers about a fee ($19) to erase their profiles.
The Impact Team has said the special “full delete” did not wipe profiles as they claimed, and that it brought Avid Life Media more than $1.7 million in revenue in 2014.
The hackers said:
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.
The Impact Team also said they want ALM take down Ashley Madison:
Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison offline permanently in all forms, or we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.
ALM boss Noel Biderman said the company’s investigation is on-going and added that he believed the hack was the work of someone who had inside access to its networks.