Hackers Publish Names, Data of Ashley Madison Users

The hackers responsible for breaking into the systems of cheating Web site Ashley Madison have apparently made good on their threat to publicly dump data about the site's millions of users. First revealed in July, the hack attack by a group calling itself the "Impact Team" was launched with a warning for the site -- as well as another site called Established Men -- to shut down.

Run by a Canada-based company called Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison was founded in 2001 and has a reported 33 million users in 46 countries. Established Men, launched in 2009 to connect "young, beautiful women with rich, successful men" does not provide online information about the number of users. A third site operated by the company -- CougarLife.com, aimed at single women and also founded in 2009 -- has a reported 5 million users and does not appear to have been targeted by the Impact Team.

Yesterday, the hackers published 9.7 gigabytes of data on the dark Web, reportedly containing user information taken from the Avid Media Life sites during last month's hack attack. According to a text message titled "Time's Up!" accompanying the files, "Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data."

'Not Hacktivism but Criminality'

Avid Life Media is "actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted online and will continue to devote significant resources to this effort," according to a statement posted yesterday on the Ashley Madison Web site.

The ongoing investigation into the hack attack is being conducted with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Services and the U.S. Federal Bureau of...

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Hackers Publish Names, Data of Ashley Madison Users

The hackers responsible for breaking into the systems of cheating Web site Ashley Madison have apparently made good on their threat to publicly dump data about the site's millions of users. First revealed in July, the hack attack by a group calling itself the "Impact Team" was launched with a warning for the site -- as well as another site called Established Men -- to shut down.

Run by a Canada-based company called Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison was founded in 2001 and has a reported 33 million users in 46 countries. Established Men, launched in 2009 to connect "young, beautiful women with rich, successful men" does not provide online information about the number of users. A third site operated by the company -- CougarLife.com, aimed at single women and also founded in 2009 -- has a reported 5 million users and does not appear to have been targeted by the Impact Team.

Yesterday, the hackers published 9.7 gigabytes of data on the dark Web, reportedly containing user information taken from the Avid Media Life sites during last month's hack attack. According to a text message titled "Time's Up!" accompanying the files, "Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data."

'Not Hacktivism but Criminality'

Avid Life Media is "actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted online and will continue to devote significant resources to this effort," according to a statement posted yesterday on the Ashley Madison Web site.

The ongoing investigation into the hack attack is being conducted with the help of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Services and the U.S. Federal Bureau of...

Comments are closed.