Hackers threaten to leak data of 37 million clients of cheating website
Hackers threatened to leak personal details including the credit card information, nude photos and sexual fantasies of as many as 37 million customers of AshleyMadison.com … a dating website that caters to cheating spouses.
AshleyMadison.com’s Canadian parent company, Avid Life Media, confirmed the 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.
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.
Following the breach, Avid Life said in a statement it would offer the function free of charge.
“Shutting down AM (Ashley Madison) and EM (Established Men) will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” the hackers said. Established Men is an affiliated website.
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.
Ashley Madison, which uses the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” has been planning to raise up to $200 million through an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange.
“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” Avid Life said.