Tuesday 21st July 2015
Customer data has been stolen from Ashley Madison, a dating website for married people who wish to cheat on their spouse. The hackers said they had obtained information including "all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions". The site's operator confirmed there had been an "intrusion" but not its extent. The hackers, who called themselves the Impact Team, said they had managed to steal the real names and addresses of the site's users, including those who had previously paid to "delete" their accounts. The group described male members of Ashley Madison as "cheating dirtbags" who deserved no privacy, and threatened to release private information relating to "many rich and powerful people". Security researcher Brian Krebs said the hackers had published a small percentage of user account data and planned to post more until the website closed.
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