You won’t find Ashley Madison on any of my recommendations. However, the site aimed at helping people in existing relationships have an affair has been hacked, with 37 million users’ data stolen. And worse yet, that data’s currently being held for ransom. Who knows where this could lead?
According to security site Krebs on Security (who previously reported the Home Depot hack), Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media suffered a security breach at the hands of a hacker group calling itself the Impact Team. The group is currently holding data on 37 million of Avid Life Media’s users for ransom, demanding that Ashley Madison, as well as sister-site Established Men, be taken offline permanently.
The personal data stolen includes real names, financial records, and private details for users of the site. While the data has not yet been revealed to the public, a small sample data set was initially released before being taken offline.
Avid Life Media released a statement saying that it has secured the unauthorized access points and is currently working with law enforcement to identify the perpetrators of the attack and prevent the data from being released. It’s unclear whether there’s anything users can do to protect their accounts.
Online Cheating Site AshleyMadison Hacked | Krebs on Security