Hackers threaten to leak data of 37 million clients of cheating website

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Cheaters left vulnerable after Ashley Madison hack.

TORONTO • Hackers threatened to leak details including the credit card information, nude photos and sexual fantasies of as many as 37 million customers of a dating website that caters to cheating spouses, the KrebsOnSecurity blog reported. An image taken from the Facebook account of Ashley Madison shows what it is about and part of its statement after hackers claim getting access to the identities and details of the clients of its discrete dating service.Dating website for ‘cheaters’ Ashley Madison has been the victim of a hacking attack, exposing the data of potentially millions of users worldwide.The Impact Team claims that the website’s Full Delete feature, which lets users delete their profile, doesn’t fully work, according to KrebsonSecurity.

On Monday, the website, which bills itself as a place for married people seeking affairs, said it was recently hacked, potentially exposing millions of users’ data and their identities. The dating website AshleyMadison.com’s Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, confirmed a breach on its systems, and said it had since secured the site and was working with law enforcement agencies to trace those behind the attack. FACEBOOK SCREENGRAB WASHINGTON, United States – Millions of people who used the “have an affair” website Ashley Madison faced exposure Monday after a breach by hackers seeking to shut it down. It disputed a claim made by the hackers, who call themselves the Impact Team, that a “paid delete” function will not remove all information about a member’s profile and communications.

The latest high-profile cyberattack hit the Canadian company known for making a business from adultery seekers, with the hackers threatening to leak private data. We have taken over all systems in your entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails. ‘ It adds: ‘Shutting down AM [Ashley Madison] and EM Established Men] will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more: We will release all customer records, profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.’ Noel Bidernman, chief executive, confirmed the breach of security saying: ‘We’re not denying this happened. Still, he added an IPO remains an option “irrespective of today’s news.” “This [hacking] could certainly douse the flame of a hot Internet IPO” where privacy is central to its business plan, said Matthew Kennedy, an analyst at IPO research firm Renaissance Capital LLC. Ashley Madison, which is a site where “married men and women” could pursue a “discreet affair” says it boasts more than 37 million anonymous users and was considering a London IPO sometime this year, aiming to raise up to $US200m.

But in an interview with KrebsOnSecurity, Avid Life Chief Executive Noel Biderman was cited as saying the company suspected someone who previously had access to internal networks as being behind the breach. We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds and are pleased that the provisions included in the DMCA have been effective in addressing this matter. ‘Our team of forensics experts and security professionals, in addition to law enforcement, are continuing to investigate this incident and we will continue to provide updates as they become available.’

Previously members had to pay to remove their profile data. “The process involves a hard-delete of a requesting user’s profile, including the removal of posted pictures and all messages sent to other system users’ email boxes,” the company said. The hackers leaked snippets of the compromised data online and warned that they would release customers’ real names, profiles, nude photos, credit card details and “secret sexual fantasies” unless AshleyMadison and EstablishedMen.com are taken down, Krebs said. Avid Life also today said it forced file-sharing sites to take down samples of the stolen data but declined to discuss what data the hackers still have. Retailers Target Corp. and Home Depot Inc. have each been the subject of high-profile data breaches that have affected millions of their respective customers.

Data breaches at retailers such as Michaels have become more common, and a consumers’ decision to do business at an arts and crafts store is not predicated on privacy and security to the same extent as Ashley Madison, Mr.

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