Ashley Madison hack: cheaters’ details dumped online

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Ashley Madison hack: hackers claim cheaters’ details dumped online.

Many feel that the 30 million people whose identities could be revealed following a hack into Ashley Madison’s servers deserve everything they get. When casual sex and cheating site Ashley Madison was hacked last month, the perpetrators gained access to personal data for millions of users, and threatened to release it unless parent company Avid Life Media took the site and its sister enterprise Established Men down for good.

You may remember that in July, anonymous hackers threatened to reveal stolen personal information of some 40 million users of the controversial dating website AshleyMadison.com. (Ashley Madison’s tagline: “Life is short.The data was initially posted on to the “dark web”, reports said, making it only accessible using a specialised browser, although lists of email addresses sprouted up on other sites afterwards.

Hackers have followed through on a threat to release online a huge cache of data, including customer information, that was stolen a month ago from cheating spouses website AshleyMadison.com, several tech websites reported on Tuesday.Hackers who stole and leaked customer information from the Ashley Madison website for cheating spouses have apparently made good on their threat to post all of the data they took online.

More than nine gigabytes of data has reportedly been posted to the dark web, a network of the Internet requiring specific software and not indexed by standard search engines, according to Wired. A group calling itself the Impact Team compromised the site which encourages married users to cheat on their spouses and advertises 37 million members last month. On Tuesday, the group of hackers who first claimed responsibility for the attack last month dumped 9.7 gigabytes worth of stolen user account and payment information online. The data included login details, email addresses, payment transaction details and encrypted passwords for members of Ashley Madison and Established Men, another site that markets to women looking to date rich men.

Ars Technica reporters downloaded a 10-gigabyte file via BitTorrent that “appeared to contain a trove of details taken from a clandestine dating site.” The file contained personal e-mail addresses, profile descriptions, and addresses, as well as users’ weights and heights, Ars Technica reported. “This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. A searchable database has been constructed using the information, allowing interested parties to search for people by name or email address, and returning details including their sexual preference, contact details, body type, and fetishes.

CougarLife, a sister site run by ALM that promises to connect older women with younger men was not targeted by the group which claimed to have complete access to the company’s database, including every single members user records. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world.” Fairfax Media has not yet been able to verify the file, which was posted as an almost-10-gigabyte torrent file on a web page accessible only on the anonymous Tor network.

The hackers also complained that the company charged a $19 fee to members to scrub their profiles from the site, but continued to keep their data on its servers. However others who have managed to download the file – which is more than 60 gigabytes in size when uncompressed – claim the data is legitimate, and have started taking to internet forums to post email addresses of users.

Security researcher Per Thorsheim posted in his blog on Tuesday that the dumped data contained an account that he was using on Ashley Madison for research purposes, and that he’d verified several of the accounts contained in the dump were real. In an post published anonymously on Tuesday, captioned “Time’s Up!”, the hackers said they were releasing Avid Life Media’s data because the company had not met their demands.

The hackers accused the service of overstating the number of females on its site. “Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles,” they wrote. “See Ashley Madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male.

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