Hackers attack online dating site Ashley Madison

Source: National Cyber Security – Produced By Gregory Evans

Online dating site Ashley Madison, which specialises in adultery and has the tagline “Life is short. Have an affair”, has been the victim of a cyber attack. A group calling themselves The Impact Team claims it has complete access to Ashley Madison’s database of more than 37 million members, as well as financial records and other personal information that it is threatening to publish online unless the site closes. The group has also compromised two other dating sites; Cougar Life and Established Men, that are owned by the same parent company; Avid Life Media (ALM). The hackers said in a statement: “Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms, or we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails. The other websites may stay online.” The hackers’ main issue with the controversial site appears to be a leavers’ fee that Ashley Madison charges users. The site offers a “full delete” of data for £15 should a user choose to leave the service permanently. Although it is possible to be anonymous […]

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