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Hackers Follow Through On Threat And Release Ashley Madison User Data

Hackers who obtained Ashley Madison's user data have followed through on their threats and released the names of users of the website.

A data dump of nearly ten gigabytes in size was posted to the dark web on Tuesday. The data account names, other personal details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the site that promotes extramarital affairs.

The data, which includes payment transactions since 2007, includes names, street addresses and email addresses for each user.

"Life is short. Have an affair," is the tagline for the site that boasts it's the "most famous name in infidelity and married dating."

"Have an Affair today on Ashley Madison," it encourages on its website (link). "Thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands signup everyday looking for an affair. Ashley Madison is the world's leading married dating service for discreet encounters."

In releasing the data, the hackers wrote: "Time's up! 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 yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you," it continues. "Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life."

"Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrasing now, but you'll get over it."

Avid Life Media, which owns the site, has condemned the release of the data.

"This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities."

"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. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world."

August 19, 2015 |

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