Just days ago, the hacking group responsible for breaking into and stealing a wealth of data from extramarital affair dating site Ashley Madison made good on its promise to publish some of the information online for all to see.
The 10GB dump from a group known as The Impact Team included a wealth of identifiable information such as usernames, first and last names, e-mail addresses, partial credit card data and even profile data for millions of users. Also included in the release were internal Ashley Madison and Avid Life Media documents, contracts, sales techniques and more.
Avid Life Media is the parent company of Ashley Madison, Cougar Life and Established Men.
To say it was a devastating and embarrassing incident would be quite the understatement. As it turns out, the dump was just the tip of the iceberg as The Impact Team has now released a second collection of files twice as large as the first.
Early reports indicate the e-mails of Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman are included in the new dump as well as other corporate data.
In a recent interview with security journalist Brian Krebs, Ashley Madison original founding CTO Raja Bhatia said his team of nearly a dozen investigators had found no evidence that the dumps appearing online were legitimate. Krebs has since updated the story after speaking with three sources who all reported finding their information within the dump.