Hackers claimed Tuesday to have leaked personal data from millions of people, that was stolen in a cyberattack on the parent company of Ashley Madison, an online dating site aimed at people who wish to have extramarital relationships.
WIRED reported that a group called the Impact Team, which claimed responsibility for last month’s hack, posted 9.7 gb of stolen data from the user on the so-called “dark web”, a reference to a part of the Internet, which can only be opened by means of a specialized browser.
According to WIRED, the leaked data includes customer names, login information, address and e-mail addresses, and the details of the transactions date as far back as 2007. However, WIRED reported that the data is not full credit card numbers. In all, approximately 32 million accounts on Ashley Madison, and Established Men, a site that focuses on women looking to date rich men, are believed to be affected.
It is not clear how much of the data belongs to real customers or fake, the so-called “burner” accounts. However, WIRED reported that about 15,000 leaked e-mail addresses .gov and .mil domains, which means that they are organized by the U.S. government and military servers.
Toronto-based Avid Life Media, Inc., the parent company of both sites, said in a statement obtained by the Associated Press that he was aware of the group’s claim and was investigating.
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“The criminal, or criminals, who are involved in this act are appointed himself as the moral judge, jury, and executioner,” the company said, accusing the hackers of seeking to impose a personal understanding of virtue in society as a whole.”
Security analysts who examined the leaked data said they believed that the information dump really. Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post journalist who writes a blog about computer security and broke the news of the first hack of last month, reported that he had spoken to three sources who reported finding their last name, and credit card information in the database.
The hack was made public, 20 July, the day after Krebs’s first report was posted online. The Impact Team took the time that Avid Life Media shut down Ashley Madison, and Established Men. The group claimed to have targeted the company over its alleged fraudulent practices, saying that Ashley Madison and Established Men “completely remove” tool does not remove personal information from users for a one-time $ 19 cost, as promised by the sites.
“The shutdown of AM and EM will cost, but non-compliance will cost more,” a statement warned. “We will release all of the customer data, profiles with all of the customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude photos, and interviews, and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and the employee’s documents and e-mails.”
WIRED reported that the Impact Team introduced the new data dump with a statement with the title “Time’s Up!”
“Avid Life Media has not shut down Ashley Madison, and Established Men,” the statement read. “We have explained, the fraud, the deceit, and the stupidity of the ALP and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.
The statement continues: “Finding someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit [sic]; 90-95% of the actual users of the male gender. The chances are that your husband signed up on the world’s largest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.
“You find yourself in here? It was ALM that is not of you and lied to you. Sue and to claim compensation. Then continue on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends,” the statement concludes. “Painful, but you’ll get over it.”
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