“Life is Short. Have an Affair” Ashley Madison.com
Ashley Madison.com, the website that describes itself as the most famous name in infidelity and married dating has encountered a little “hitch” if you will with its highly secretive service. It is reported that hackers claim to have personal details of more than 37 million cheating spouses who use the website to find hookups. These hackers aren’t playing nice either. They have threatened to release nude photos and sexual fantasies of the site’s clients unless it is shut down.
Ashley Madison’s Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, confirmed the situation and said they are working with law enforcement to try and find the hackers who call themselves The Impact Team.
So far the hackers have apparently leaked bits of compromised data and warned of more, including credit card details unless their demands are met. The hackers also demanded the closure of another of Avid Life Media’s sites, sugar-daddy site “Established Men”, but did not target the company’s “CougarLife” site, which is for women looking for a young man.
ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack, and said the company was “working diligently and feverishly” to take down ALM’s intellectual property. He also added that: “We’re not denying this happened,” like us or not, this is still a criminal act.” (Below, a part of the threat left by the Impact Team)
The Impact Team has reportedly said to Ashely Madison” Shutting down AM (Ashley Madison) and EM (Established Men) will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more.” They also said that users who had paid a fee to Avid Life to have their personal data permanently deleted had been lied to and the company had retained records, including credit card information.
Breaches of this nature have happened before . Two months ago a site called Adult FriendFinder with approximately 64 million members was hacked.
SOURCE: SOURCES: KrebsOnSecurity