Millions of people could be about to find out their partner cheated thanks to a massive data theft

Are you feeling a bit hot under the collar after this revelation?

Extra-marital affairs site Ashley Madison has been hacked, with the details of 37.5 million users stolen.

The site, which carries the tagline “Life Is Short. Have An Affair”, was the target of hackers called “The Impact Team” this weekend, who stole sensitive customer data, including names, addresses, credit card transactions and sexual fantasies, from millions of cheaters (or wannabe cheaters).

Avid Life Media, the company that owns Ashley Madison, confirmed the hack and apologised to its customers.

The Impact Team have threatened to “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 hackers released a small sample of the data and said they would publish it all unless Ashley Madison and sister website Established Men is taken offline, claiming Avid Media lied to customers about its $19 “full delete” feature.

The hackers said not all customers information is deleted when customers pay for this feature.

Avid Life is now working with law enforcement to track down the data and has said it has secured all its sites.



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Readers' comments (1)

  • The police just don't seem to give the criminal hacking the priority they should, especially when its used in a blackmail situation or could do irrevocable harm to innocent victims. Like to see mandatory sentences of 10+ years and no excuses such as the criminal 'is autistic' - used too often as an excuse for criminal behaviour - If you can hack then you have proved you are bright enough to be criminally responsible. The only acceptable excuse is an overwhelming public interest such as the covering up criminal activity by governments etc. (read Snowden)

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