Hackers threaten to reveal details of 37 million cheaters as AshleyMadison site faces data breach

By midian182
Jul 20, 2015
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  1. A hacking group is threatening to reveal the personal details of up to 37 million users of AshleyMadison, the infidelity-focused matchmaking site, unless their demands are met. A group of hackers calling themselves The Impact Team has claimed responsibility for the attack, along with posting a small sample of data (since taken down) stolen from Avid Life Media, the company that owns AshleyMadison, Cougar Life and Established Men.

    The Impact Team posted a manifesto alongside the stolen data, which said it had released AshleyMadison information in retaliation for the company's ‘Full Delete’ service that promised to entirely remove member profiles for $19. The group claims that the feature didn’t actually wipe profiles as advertised and that it brought ALM $1.7 million in revenue last year.

    “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 hackers claim. They are now demanding that ALM takes AshleyMadison and Established Men permanently offline.

    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. […] Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion. Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver. [...] 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.

    ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack and condemned the “criminal act”. He suggested the breach was the work of someone who had access to ALM’s internal networks. "We’re on the doorstep of [confirming] who we believe is the culprit," he said. "It was definitely a person here that was not an employee but certainly had touched our technical services."

    In May, a similar attack took place on online dating service Adult FriendFinder. An investigation by England’s Channel 4 news revealed that the highly sensitive sexual information of almost four million users was being traded on the dark web.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,142   +482

    I've never heard of that site before but I'm not surprised of its existence. Personally, I would be ok with it being shut down. Even though it probably won't.
    DaveBG likes this.
  3. agb81

    agb81 TS Booster Posts: 77   +38

    Because the best way to start a secret affair with someone is to give your credit card info along with your real name to a site on the internet...

    I'm nobody to tell you whether or not you should be behaving yourself with your partner, but if you're going to cheat, the least you should do is be as anonymous as it gets.
    AnonymousSurfer, noel24 and DaveBG like this.
  4. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 862   +353

    If anyone was DUMB enough to post their personal information with anything other than a disposable credit card & post office box for an address, along with a FAKE name, well, you get what you deserve.
    Personally, I find "cheating" sites in very poor taste, but, it's none of my business.
    DaveBG likes this.
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,341   +1,939

    Surely at least 2/3rd's of these 37 mil people are chicks... or some 'alternative' gender, it can't be men only.
  6. Serves the cheaters right.. I say post all their info!
  7. Tanstar

    Tanstar TS Guru Posts: 392   +81

    2/3rds? Threesomes only?
  8. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,602   +370

    Well any site with a user database on the internet really is vulnerable to hacks so people with a lot to lose like on a cheating site really have to consider the possibility.

    More of a case of when nowadays...

    Oh and it is terrible practice to save cc details for later.
  9. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 938   +243

    Try and convince Amazon or iTunes of that...
  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Wasn't it Target that found out the hard way? I'm sure given enough time the others will as well.
  11. JamesandBennie

    JamesandBennie TS Booster Posts: 162   +14

    The most ironic part is that likely 90% of the users are men who paid a pretty penny and never even came close to having an affair.
    BTW, I guess the traffic of that site will be increasing for a while.
  12. No surprise they have so many members. watch a few porn videos on popular sites and you'll somehow get redirected to the page. I've noticed this for some years and I hate it. Maybe a script could help keep it at bay haha
  13. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,602   +370

    Use a prepaid CC for them or a secondary...
  14. OMG, my wife will kill me :eek:

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