The hackers of the adultery eliciting website AshleyMadison.com threatened to leak personal details including the credit card information, nude photos and sexual desires of as many as 37 million customers of a dating website that caters to cheating spouses.
The infidelity website AshleyMadison.com’s Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, confirmed the breach on its systems, and said it had since secured the site and was working with law enforcement agencies to trace those behind the attack on the site.
According to the information security journalist Brian Krebs, who broke the news, ALM has confirmed that the hacked material is genuine, and the company is working to remove from the net the material that has already been posted.
But the initial leak is just a taster, according to the Impact Team, which accompanied the data with a manifesto threatening release of further information if Ashley Madison and Established Men are not permanently closed.
Ashley Madison, which uses the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” has been planning to raise up to $200 million through an initial public offering on the London Stock Exchange. “We apologise for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” Avid Life said.
Unauthorised posts and images on the website detailing the hacker’s demands have since been removed.
The breach comes about two months after dating site Adult Friend Finder was compromised. That site has an estimated 64 million members.