If you recall a couple of weeks ago, a group of hackers who identify themselves as the Impact Team threatened to release millions of stolen files from the website intended help married men and women have affairs, AshleyMadison.com. The hackers demanded that Avid Life Media, the company behind Ashley Madison, take down it and it’s companion site for older men seeking younger women EstablishedMen.com – or else they’d expose millions of their customer’s information. Yesterday, the Impact Team held true to their promise and just data dumped millions of files from the website online.
“Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms, or we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.”
According to Wired, A file nearly 10 gigabytes in size (9.7 GB) was released using an .onion address yesterday, exposing thirty-two million of the website’s forty million users’ information. The files include credit card payments going all the way back to 2007, — details which include names, customers address and email address and how much they paid. Though it doesn’t include credit card numbers, each credit card file is identified with a four-digit number. It’s unclear whether that number represents the last four digits of a credit card, or the transaction number of the sale. Some of the emails and phone number could be made up, but any information attached to credit cards have real information.
Avid Life Media tried calling their bluff after the initial threat was made, but unfortunately for them Impact Team had a full house. They released this statement in an image along with the data release:
“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.”
Pre-threat, Ashley Madison offered their customers a service that would delete their data off the site, for a $19 fee. Though the information was never deleted, it remained on the site’s servers which were just sitting there for hackers to find.
For any of you Ashley Madison users out there reading this, Impact Team has a message for you:
“Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.”