It could be a really bad week for millions of cheating spouses.
Ashley Madison, the website that facilitates adults affairs, has been breached – and the hackers are threatening to expose millions of ‘cheating dirtbags.’
The unknown hackers have already started to leak large amounts of user data from the website, which of course is designed to offer “discreet encounters” for married people seeking an affair.
The hackers call themselves the ‘Impact Team’ – and they could soon have a major impact on the lives (and families) of millions. That is unless Avid Life Media (ALM), the Canadian company that owns Ashley Madison and brother company Established Men, removes the sites permanently as per the demands of the hackers.
If they don’t, the hackers say they’ll continue 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,” according to KrebsOnSecurity, the Internet security blog run by former Washington Post cybercrime reporter Brian Krebs.
The hackers also claim that the feature that gives users the option to delete their account is flawed, and therefore doesn’t actually wipe the information of the customers. So, those rushing to delete their accounts now are out of luck.
“With over 37 million members, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people,” the hackers reportedly stated.
While part of us would love to see the drama that would unfold and for the cheaters to suffer the inevitable repercussions, it’s probably a good thing if this doesn’t happen. Yes, the ‘cheating dirtbags,’as the hackers call them, probably deserve any bad karma that comes their way, but their spouses – who already have to put up with living with the cheater – don’t deserve the humiliation.
As for ALM, they promise they’re trying to contain the massive leak and highlight that it’s an illegal act. They’ve launched an investigation into the breach and employed a top IT security team to “take every possible step towards mitigating the attack.”
In the meantime, don’t be surprised if you come across a few nervous people today.