“I deleted my account, so I thought the information had gone.
These sites are meant to be secure.” Within hours of the data being leaked, hackers on the forum said they intended to hit victims with spam emails, and Mr Harper has been targeted with virused emails since his information was made public.
And it was impossible to actually find “The Impact Team’s” revelations on the Internet early Monday morning, just hours after Krebs broke the story.
Noel Biderman, Avid Life Media CEO, confirmed the hack to Krebs on Security as well as in a statement, but declined to discuss the company’s “ongoing and fast-moving” investigation.
In addition, the hackers have revealed email addresses, usernames, dates of birth, postal codes and unique internet addresses of users’ computers.
Channel 4 News has been investigating the cyber underworld, discovering which websites have been hacked and exposing the trade in personal information of millions of people through so-called “dark web” sites.
The investigation led to a secretive forum in which a hacker nicknamed ROR[RG] posted the details of users of Adult Friend Finder.
Ashley Madison claims to be the world’s second-largest paid-for Internet dating site after Match.com, Bloomberg reports.
“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information.” Ashley Madison’s slogan is “Life is short.
Have an affair.” On Monday, the company said it would offer all users the ability to fully delete their personal information from the site — an option that was previously only available for a fee.
According to the hackers, although the ‘full delete’ feature that Ashley Madison advertises promises ‘removal of site usage history and personally identifiable information from the site,’ users’ purchase details — including real name and address — aren’t actually scrubbed.
Krebs reported that “The Impact Team” is threatening to expose all customer records unless Avid Life Media takes Ashley Madison and Established Men offline “permanently in all forms.” But it wasn’t clear how much data had been posted online, Krebs said.“At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points.