ASHLEY MADISON MAY very well be screwed.
The notorious site where married people seek extramarital liaisons was the target of a major hack, and this week the hackers dumped some of the data supposedly stolen from the site. For users, the fallout doesn’t look good. The first dump appears to include the logins of some users, and details of their payments to Ashley Madison. The site did not have an email verification process, so it’s unclear if the personal information is real, but identifying information tied to credit card transactions appears to be legit.
The hackers released an even bigger batch of data Thursday, including what appears to be internal emails from Noel Biderman, CEO of Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison. (That file was corrupted, but a new version was released again today.)
Ashley Madison—and its users (and their spouses)—can’t be happy. But the company is facing more than the wrath of exposed users.
The hackers say one reason they targeted the site is because they believe it is “a scam.” The site had significantly more male users than female, they say, and even went so far as to create fake female profiles to support its blatant promise that Ashley Madison was a place to meet young, attractive women. The hackers also accused the site of falsely promising to keep users’ information secret, demanding payment for deleting users’ profiles then failing to follow through.
Based on the data they’ve posted so far, the hackers’ claims aren’t too far off base.