37 Million Adulterers Exposed, Online “Cheating” Site Ashley Madison Hacked

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Online cheating website AshleyMadison.com has been hacked, and as a result, large chunks of data has been stolen. The compromised data has been posted online by some group or individual that claims to hack the user database and financial records of the company. According to the reports, the Ashley Madison hack has risked the personal information of about 37 million adulterers.

Before going into further details, let me tell you the slogan of this online hookup service: “Life is short. Have an affair.” Well, this affair is looking like a bad deal for 37 million people. The Ashley Madison hackers- who go by the name The Impact Team- have stolen the sensitive data from Avid Life Media (ALM). Toronto-based ALM owns other hookup sites like Established Men and Cougar Life.

ALM CEO Noel Biderman has confirmed the Ashley Madison hack in a conversation with the security firm KrebsOnSecurity. He said that his engineers are working day and night to recover the leaked data.

Biderman said: “We’re not denying this happened. Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.” In the past, Biderman’s company has claimed that Ashley Madison is world’s second most popular dating site.

Apart from the snippets of private user data of about 37 million users, the Ashley Madison hackers leaked employee information, internal server maps and company’s financial data. It should be noted that just two months ago, hackers stole online user data from AdultFriendFinder.com.

Also Read: NSA Hacked Kaspersky Labs and Other Anti-virus Software to Track Users

Along with the data from Ashley Madison hack, The Impact Team has tried to justify its actions by calling it a response to an ALM service that promises to completely erase user profiles in $19. The Impact Team calls these claims false as the real names and addresses aren’t erased.

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In response to Ashley Madison Hack, ALM said that it’s an authorized attempt to gain control over the systems and any parties responsible for the act will be held responsible.

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Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]

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