37 million cheaters may soon find themselves at the not so pleasant end of a divorce settlement. That’s because extra-marital affairs dating website Ashley Madison has been hacked, and the Canadian-based site is facing threats of a full data dump by the hackers who penetrated its systems.
Data security expert Brian Krebs revealed the hack on his site, Krebs On Security. According to Krebs, the group, calling itself The Impact Team, was behind the hack and claimed to have stolen user databases along with financial records, salary information and other documents.
Avid Life Media (ALM), acknowledged the data breach and CEO Noel Biderman says the company is “working diligently and feverishly” to delete the release of IP.
At this time the company has not said how much data was released. Customers must pay $19 for a “full delete” of profiles, a charge that netted the company $1.7 million in revenue in 2014. Apparently that “full delete” was not assured. “It’s also a complete lie. Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed,” The Impact Team claims.
The hacking initiative is now threatening to release information about “sexual fantasies, credit card details, real names, addresses, and more. The group is demanding that ALM take down Ashley Madison and another website, Established Men.
“Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver. We’ve got the complete set of profiles in our DB dumps, and we’ll release them soon if Ashley Madison stays online. And with over 37 million members, mostly from the US and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people.”
Ashley Madison has been considering a $200 million IPO on the London Stock Exchange. The company brought in $115 million in revenue in 2014 as more female users flocked to the platform.