The Ashley Madison hackers have gone through with their threats of revealing the private information of Ashley Madison users that was collected during the breach just weeks ago. The hackers, who call themselves The Impact Team, posted a 9.7 GB file dump on the dark web using an Onion address that is only reachable through the Tor Browser. So while the data doesn’t seem to be completely public and searchable, it is still out there you just have to jump through some hoops to find it. Among the data said to be found are member account details, login credentials and credit card and payment information.
The passwords in the data dump were hashed with an algorithm and were not in plain text but security experts say that hackers can break that code to reveal the original password if they wanted to. Originally the hackers had demanded that Ashley Madison take down their website and any other related materials or they would begin releasing customer data. Ashely Madison did not comply and assured their users all their data was still safe and new security in place. While the new security may be protecting the data in place now, it does little to no good for what the hackers already took.
“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,” the hackers wrote in a statement following the breach.
“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” Impact Team wrote in a statement accompanying the online dump Tuesday. “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data…. Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.”
Ashely Madison and Avid Life Media have not made a statement about this yet but we expect they will soon enough. What do you think of this story? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.[button link=”http://www.wired.com/2015/08/happened-hackers-posted-stolen-ashley-madison-data” icon=”fa-external-link” side=”left” target=”blank” color=”285b5e” textcolor=”ffffff”]Source: Wired[/button]
Last Updated on November 27, 2018.