Ashley Madison Leak Lets Hackers Post Married Cheating Members’ Intimate Dating Details: Delete Service Fail? [Video]
Ashley Madison has a leak that has resulted in some very intimate details of the cheating ways of its married members. Famed as the site that specializes in affairs, Ashley Madison now has become infamous as the latest victim to hackers. And those criminals are declaring that they plan to use their power to leak Ashley Madison users’ intimate details, reported Fox News.
In addition, the hackers already have taken personal details of various customers and put it online. Public knowledge of the security breach began on Sunday when Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security revealed his discovery. He specializes in cybersecurity.
Avid Life Media is the parent company of Ashley Madison.
“[We have hired] one of the world’s top IT security teams to take every possible step toward mitigating the attack,” stated Avid Life Media, which numbers 40 million members and also runs matchmaking services CougarLife and Established Men.
“The world’s leading married dating service for discreet encounters,” Ashley Madison wasn’t alone in being attacked by the hackers, who have named themselves The Impact Team.
Customer account information from CougarLife and Established Men also was posted, along with information about employees, the company’s bank account, salary details, and even internal company server maps.
To take down the posted details, Avid Life Media utilized the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
“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,” said the parent company of the hacked sites.
Why did The Impact Team target these companies? It was their way of responding to what the hackers see as a failure of Ashley Madison’s “full delete” guarantee.
“Shutting down AM [Ashley Madison] and EM [Established Men] will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” threatened the Impact team in a message. “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.”
As for the failure of the full delete, Avid Life Media contended that the service completed the promises made.
“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. This option was developed due to specific member requests for just such a service, and designed based on their feedback.”
The service now is free to customers instead of costing $19.
Ashley Madison provides those who are married with an anonymous way to locate an adulterous partner, reported the New York Daily News.
“Life is short. Have an affair,” is the site’s slogan.
But the hacking group is specifically attacking the full delete service.
“Full Delete netted ALM $1.7mm in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie,” wrote the hackers. “Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address.”
As for the Cougar Life site also owned by the parent company of Ashley Madison, it promises to help users “meet Divorcees, Single Moms and Sexy Singles looking for a young Stud.”
As the Inquisitr reported, actress Susan Sarandon recently found herself being labeled as a cougar after the 68-year-old actress dated a 37-year-old entrepreneur. Sarandon denied that he is her “boy toy.”
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