Online Cheating Site Ashley Madison Hacked
Ashely Maddison is an online dating site, but with a difference it promotes adultery; indeed its slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” The site is apparently used by 37 million people mainly in the USA and Canada and most of those users will be waking this morning very worried, as it has been reported that the site has been hacked by a group calling themselves “The Impact Team”.
Now the group have not done this for morality purposes, but according to reports it is all about making money! Although they are claiming to just want the site closed down, an insider from the hacking group has, we are told, leaked to Sky News that he believes that he thinks the people threatening to release personal details of users of an adultery website are bluffing. What they really want is to sell the information to the highest bidder. They have a better chance of selling on to someone else or to a ‘Blackcat Market’ on the ‘Deep Web’.
The Ashley Maddison and two other dating sites are owned by Avid Life Media and reports confirm that these two other sites, Cougar Life and Established Men have also had their data compromised. The demand from “The impact Team” is that they have instructed AVL to take down Ashley Maddison as well as Established Men or they will release all the data that they hold which includes profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, they have also said that they will publish real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.
The hackers argue that the real reason behind their threat to publish is that Ashley Madison charges users a fee of £15 to carry out a “full delete” of their information if they decide to leave the site. AVL claim that users can users have the option of permanently hiding their profile free of charge, the hackers however claim that his is a complete lie, the £15 full delete service is the only way to completely remove their information from the servers.
A statement released by ALM said: “We apologise for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information. At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorised access points. We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act”.