A group of hackers calling itself the Impact Team has released personal data of nearly 37 million users of the infidelity site, Ashley Madison. The release of this huge cache of data is likely to cause some serious anxiety about the Internet, which has already been shown to be a risky place to play.
The data dump follows the theft of the user database in July. The hackers demanded that Ashley Madison and sister site Established Men be taken offline. If not, hackers said, they would release personal information. Both sites are owned by Toronto-based Avid Life Media.
In a statement released today, Impact Team said: “Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”
In response, Ashley Madison said: “This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities.”
Impact Team has released names, email addresses, phone numbers, user descriptions, postal addresses, and partial credit card numbers of 37 million users. The personal data was released on BitTorrent and the dark web, and is only available from a specific browser.
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