Hackers who breached security protocols at adultery website Ashley Madison have followed through on their promise to release user data.
The user data was released to the “dark web,” a section on the internet that is not indexed by Google or other common search engines. Users are required to download the Tor browser if they want to see the dark web and all of its various internet portals.
The information that was posted includes customer names and credit card numbers and the amount of money they spent on the site up to the time of the breach.
Avid Life Media owns the website which helps married people cheat on their significant others. The website’s slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.”
Officials at Ashley Madison have been working with law enforcement in the United States and Canada to find the hacker.
“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com,” the site said. “The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.”
The hackers, which call themselves the “Impact Team” first breached Ashley Madison’s security one month ago. They promised to released user profiles and their “secret sexual fantasies” if the site was not shut down immediately.
The amount of data stolen was massive. According to the company it amounted to 9.7 gigabytes worth of information.
On Tuesday, the hackers posted a statement that read: “Time’s Up!”
The group then added:
“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data … Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles … Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.”
No further comments from Avid Life Media or Ashley Madison have been released as this time.