Hackers who managed to breach online cheating website Ashley Madison made good on their threat Tuesday and dumped 9.7 gigabytes of website data online, in addition to posting a message aimed at victims, Wired reported.
“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” the hackers wrote, announcing the massive dump. “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. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.”
“Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it,” the hackers added.
[sharequote align="right"]“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality."[/sharequote]
The breach was reported in July. Hackers had threatened that unless the online cheating website was shut down, they would release data on all its customers.
Ashley Madison acknowledged the hack, condemning it as a criminal act.
“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities,” a statement said. “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.”
At the time of publication, Ashley Madison made no mention of the hack or release of data on its homepage. Instead, the website featured badges boasting that it is a "secure site" and had won a "trusted security award."
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