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This article was published on August 19, 2015

    Ashley Madison hack data reportedly released, including credit cards and employer data

    Ashley Madison hack data reportedly released, including credit cards and employer data
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    Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. Lauren is a reporter for The Next Web, based in San Francisco. She covers the key players that make the tech ecosystem what it is right now. She also has a folder full of dog GIFs and uses them liberally on Twitter at @lhockenson.

    Attention, 37 million users of the notorious affair website Ashley Madison: time to start sweating. According to a report from Ars Technica, the personal data pilfered during the hack is now available online, released as a BitTorrent file earlier today.

    According to the report, a 10GB file chock full of personal data — emails, member profiles, transaction data and the like — is now available though neatly searchable documents. Those who executed the attack, a group of hackers named The Impact Team, released the data after Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison, failed to take down Ashley Madison and related sugar daddy site Established Men as requested (the sugar mama equivalent in ALM’s arsenal, Cougar Life, was not named in Impact Team’s request).

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    Impact Team warns that some of the data could be falsified, especially data about women:

    Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands 
    of fake female profiles. See Ashley Madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of 
    actual users are male. 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.
    

    But that hasn’t made the identities of those going through the hack any less interesting.

    One of the most damaging aspects of the Impact Team’s hack is that the group apparently nabbed personal information of users who had paid $19 to delete all of their user data on the site. While users ponied up to ensure their partners never caught wind of their attempts to cheat, successful or otherwise, ALM apparently kept that user data locked within its servers. The feature brought ALM $1.7 million in revenue, but Impact Team believes it did not work as advertised.

    The credit card data involved in the hack as been confirmed as real, according to PasswordsCon founder Per Thorshim:

    The fallout for ALM and Ashley Madison has already been severe: seeking an IPO as recently as April of this year, the hack has been an embarrassing moment that seems to have halted that process. Will the adulterers ever recover?

    Data from hack of Ashley Madison cheater site purportedly dumped online [Ars Technica]

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