to cheat – mutual understanding between the participants, a lack of awkward office eye with the person you just screwed in the elevator, choice of illicit bedroom partners, and crucially, better security than saucy sexts stored in the i Cloud. Impact Team first threatened to leak the information in late July, where they ordered the parent company, Avid Life Media, to shut down Ashley Madison and Established Men; a hookup website that sets up wealthy men with women. Their information has been leaked on the Deep Web - or so say the crusading hackers "Impact Team" who brought the website to a standstill.
In a follow up statement posted on the Ashley website, Impact Team wrote: “TIME’S UP!
Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison...
We have explained the fraud, deceit and stupidity of ALM and their members.
Now everyone gets to see their data.” The information was released as a whopping 10GB compressed file on the Deep Web late last night, and has been shared prolifically on the Torrent (Deep Web encrypted network) sites since.
According to uk, the database contains first and last names, addresses, e-mail addresses and partial credit card numbers of the 33m users, along with internal documents from the company.
The hackers have also included details about users’ looks, ethnicity, sexual preferences and gender – which reveals an 80/14 per cent split between male and female users. Five per cent of users did not disclose their gender.
While Ashley Madison has been keen to denounce the leaked content as false, Dave Kennedy of Trusted Sec said that the information dump: “appears to be legit. Independent cybercrime journalist Brian Krebs wrote: But there’s some consolation for the jilted lovers who find the names and e-mails of their betrothed on the data leak.
Ashley Madison does not require e-mail verification, which means anyone can sign up with someone else’s e-mail address as part of a scam, prank or fear for their own security.
For example, CSO Online reported that there were over 15,000 or addresses in the database, but it's pretty likely they’re not genuine.