Ashley Madison: Hackers Release Client Data
Ashley Madison: Hackers Release Client Data
AshleyMadison.com was designed for those in wedded bliss, but also those with less than honorable proclivities. The website tagline is, “Life is short. Have an affair.”After yesterday, their clients are more than likely under their desks, rocking in the fetal position.
Hackers who stole information about subscribers from a website geared toward people looking to cheat on their spouses have released the data online.
A file nearly 10 gigabytes in size was posted on the dark web Tuesday that included AshleyMadison.com account logins, credit card info and other details, Wired reported.
Nothing is a secret on the internet, and plenty of spouses are learning that today. Corey Nachreiner, the chief technology officer for WatchGuard internet security firm had this to say:
“It is a reminder that cyber criminals may be hacktivists with social agendas who want to disrupt day-to-day business or organised criminal groups going after your customers’ financial or personal data – or in this case, both.
These social vigilante hackers have, without a doubt, caused countless divorce lawyers to see dollar signs.
For anyone whose partner discovers they have signed up to adulterers’ site Ashley Madison, it could be the final straw for couples who will be forced into difficult conversations, according to divorce lawyers. Elizabeth Hicks, a partner and specialist divorce lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said:
“With 1.2m Britons apparently affected by the data leak, 95 per cent of whom are reportedly male, there will no doubt be a few nervous husbands sat round the dinner table tonight.”
The group of hackers, known as The Impact Team, hacked the group last month, and made threats to release the data if the site wasn’t taken down. Apparently they should have been taken seriously.
A major investigation is under way after hackers claimed to have released the personal details of up to 32 million users of the Ashley Madison adultery website.
The site’s owner issued a statement on Tuesday:
In a statement issued Tuesday, the site’s owner, Avid Life Media, said its investigation into the breach is still ongoing and that it is “actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted online.” The company said it would “continue to devote significant resources to this effort.”
The statement continued: “This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities. The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.”
Yes. It’s criminal. Wrong. Illegal. And it couldn’t happen to a better group of bottom dwellers who make a profit on extramarital activities. The site also has companion sites for beautiful young women who are looking for a “sugar daddy,” as well as younger men in search of a “cougar.” It’s clearly a horrible data breach, worthy of punishment, and while they might not be releasing the names of Salvation Army volunteers, this is sure to damage a lot of families. The site’s sole purpose is to help you have an affair on your spouse.
The data also included descriptions of what members were seeking: “I’m looking for someone who isn’t happy at home or just bored and looking for some excitement,” one member wrote. “I love it when I’m called and told I have 15 minutes to get to someplace where I’ll be greeted at the door with a surprise — maybe lingerie, nakedness.”
Unfortunately, credit cards and other payment information were also included in the data dump. Hopefully the adulterous spouses have practiced a solid z-pattern run that allows them to contact their credit card companies while dodging various pieces of household decor.
I guess using your work email so your spouse couldn't find your #AshleyMadison account wasn't such a good idea after all.
— ☤ Doc ☤ (@Doc_68W_) August 19, 2015
Data dump of 32 million adulterers… http://t.co/4bYM76f9yt
— DRUDGE REPORT (@DRUDGE_REPORT) August 19, 2015
— Weasel Zippers (@weaselzippers) August 19, 2015
And on a final thought:
Hillary Distracted by Email Scandal
Hackers Release Ashley Madison Data pic.twitter.com/vsTgNYVnBB
— David Burge (@iowahawkblog) August 19, 2015
On a very serious note: The email addresses include teachers, municipal employees, public servants, etc., and many innocent spouses, I assume, are suffering today. There’s no way to know how much damage this data dump has done, but I’m sure that we’ll soon find out.