*Well we’re sure that whomever hacked into the Ashley Madison site has got their attention now. The daredevil(s) threaten to tell all of their users’ business unless AM is taken down post haste!
AM is a site for cheating adults. For those of you among the pure thinkers, they are not talking about cheating the IRS, or even the store up the street. They mean those committing adultery…people with a side piece…the significant others’ significant other.
The sites users will be called out if AM is not shut down permanently, threatens the hacker.
Krebs on Security was the first to report the breach. The hackers stole employee info and then got data from all of Avid Life Media’s ventures, including Cougar Life and Established Men. And the company’s spokesperson tells the public, you don’t have to like what they do, but that doesn’t change the gravity of what has been done to them.
“We’re not denying this happened,” ALM’s CEO said. “Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.”
The self-named hackers have dubbed themselves, “The Impact Team,” and they posted their manifesto online. The hacker(s) appear to take issue with the sites so-called “Full Delete” function, which promises to erase a customer’s information for $19. But according to The Impact Team, the function is not working to full capacity; because it leaves plenty of information on the site.
Sidebar: Wouldn’t disclosing the user information put even these hackers, who are most likely users themselves, “out there” too?
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.
And this next bit may hold a significant clue as to the sex of the hackers, who we may erroneously assume are men.
…Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion. 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.
Here is a screenshot of the hackers manifesto that Krebs got their hands on.