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Hackers Dump Data From Ashley Madison Cheating Site

According to various tech sites, yesterday hackers now known as The Impact Team dumped a massive amount of online personal data from over one million users of the infidelity website AshleyMadison.com. This is reportedly the most recent cyber attack that could wreak havoc on already shaky relationships worldwide.


Vigilante hackers hit cheater website/Image: BrokerDealer

The hackers, who utilize the dark web, threatened to release intimate information up to 37 million customers of the cheating website. They also stated they had published a large quantity of credit card numbers and email addresses they got hold of last month.

Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison and the “sugar daddy site”, Established Men would not verify the information was real. They did however admit to being aware of the hackers’ claim. Regardless, thousands of email addresses from Europe and North America appeared on numerous other sites within an hour.

ALM released a statement saying that they believe the members of The Impact team were once connected to the company and now have appointed themselves as “the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society. These are illegitimate acts that have real consequences for innocent citizens who are simply going about their daily lives.” It also noted that the data theft is being investigated by the FBI (The Federal Bureau of Investigation), the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local authorities.

The Impact Team has also previously threatened to publish the full names, sexual fantasies and nude photos of customers unless both of the ALM sites were shut down. In a statement that accompanied the data dump the hackers stated: “Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men.”

The tech website Wired confirms The Impact Team posted 9.7 gigabytes of personal information and that the hackers said: “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”

Ajay K. Sood, General Manager for Canada of cyber security firm FireEye Inc told the press: “These guys want as much notoriety as possible. This isn’t cyber terrorism. It’s cyber vigilantism.”

Hackers Dump Data From Ashley Madison Cheating Site

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