Ashley Madison, a website that gives people an opportunity to have affairs, has recently been hacked and those who did that have threatened to expose all of its 37 million clients unless it is shut down.
The hackers, nicknamed The Impact Team have released previews of the data they compromised and said they were ready to give real names , credit card details, nude photos and profiles, along with the clients’ sexual fantasies unless the owners do as they are told.
The Impact Team also want another website, “Established men” to be shut down apart from the one they hacked. Both websites belong to Avid Life Media, a Canadian company specialized in social networking and dating products. The hackers did not request the closure of “CougarLife” website, which is aimed at women looking for men.
“Shutting down AM (Ashley Madison) and EM (Established Men) will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” they threatened.
According to Avid Life Media, the systems are now secured and there is no danger for its customers anymore. They also reported that they are working with the authorities to help them determine who is behind all this. They stated that they have involved “one of the world’s top IT security teams” in the ongoing investigation to get to the bottom of all this.
The hackers also said that the users who paid a sum of money, representing a fee to have their accounts deleted had been misled into thinking their records had been erased, while in fact Avid Life Media had kept their information, which included details of their credit card.
However, Avid Life Media reported that all the compromising posts related to this have been removed and that the company is still committed, as it has always been, to their customers’ privacy. They said they used the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) to remove all the sensitive information.
It is not the first time something like this occurs. Two months ago, the dating website Adult FriendFinder, which had around 64 million users was also hacked.
This situation will most likely cost the company quite a few customers who have been affected by the attack and others who will not feel safe anymore on the website.
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