Ashley Madison Gets Hacked And 37 Million Cheaters May Be F*cked Over
About 37 million unfaithful spouses are learning a lesson about cheating in the 21st century.
Ashley Madison, the controversial dating site for users who want to cheat on their significant others, was hacked by a group calling itself the Impact Team. The hacking group is now threatening to release a large amount of the website's user data if the website doesn't shut itself down.
The Impact Team already released some information from Avid Life Media, the company that owns Ashley Madison, Established Men and Cougar Life.
It isn't currently known what exactly the Impact Team is or why it attacked Ashley Madison specifically, but experts think the hack may have been done in response to an ALM service called Full Delete. Full Delete offered Ashley Madison's users the ability to fully delete their information -- all for just $19.
Various hackers claimed this service was offered but didn't do as advertised, leaving users' names and addresses on Avid Life Media servers.
The team took down Ashley Madison and left this notice in its place:
The poster warns,
Later on in the post, the Impact Team calls out ALM CTO Trevor Sykes directly with an eerie,
ALM CEO Noel Biderman suggested the leak was probably the work of someone, like a former employee or contractor, who had inside access to the company's servers.
Biderman told journalist Brian Krebs,
ALM released a press statement early on Monday morning saying it was fully aware of the hack and has been working toward identifying the culprits behind the breach. It read,
This is the second major hack in the past two months on an adult dating website.
In May, hackers broke into AdultFriendFinder's servers, leaving millions of users exposed and their information traded on web forums.