Hackers Dump Ashley Madison User Database… Where Most People Won’t Find It
The attackers who compromised Ashley Madison — an online hook-up site for people looking for extra-marital affairs — have made good on their threats to unmask the site’s users if the site was not taken down. However, unlike the attackers who doxed Sony and Hacking Team, who uploaded all the stolen data to Pastebin, the Ashley Madison hackers dropped the 9.7 G data dump where most users will not go looking: the “dark web,” only accessible through the Tor network.
The data includes email addresses, credit card transaction data, and profile information on the 37 million customers of Avid Life Media, which includes Ashley Madison and its sister sites, Cougar Life and Established Men.
The attackers, who call themselves Impact Team, said “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data. … Find yourself in here? It is 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.”
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