Last month confidential customer information was stolen from Canada’s AshleyMadison.com, a dating site for affairs. At the time the hackers threatened to eventually release it all unless the Toronto-based website shut down.
The website did not shut down, and that time has come.
The now-released data, clocking in at nearly 10 gigabytes, includes customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, and emails.
The hackers have an issue with Ashley Madison’s “Full Delete” feature, which promises to erase all data associated with an account for a fee of $19. The feature, which the hackers say earned the site nearly $2 million in revenue last year, is “a complete lie,” claiming the feature does not remove all information. Avid Life Media contests this.
Ashley Madison has 37 million members worldwide.
“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” Impact Team, the hacking group responsible, wrote in a statement this week. “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data…. 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.”