Have an affair.” The data released by the hacker or hackers — which self-identify as The Impact Team — includes sensitive internal data stolen from Avid Life Media (ALM), the Toronto-based firm that owns Ashley Madison as well as related hookup sites Cougar Life and Established Men.
Reached by Krebs On Security late Sunday evening, ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack, and said the company was “working diligently and feverishly” to take down ALM’s intellectual property.
In a long manifesto posted alongside the stolen ALM data, The Impact Team said it decided to publish the information in response to alleged lies ALM told its customers about a service that allows members to completely erase their profile information for a fee.
The compromise comes less than two months after intruders stole and leaked online user data on millions of accounts from hookup site Adult Friend Finder.
” Trevor Stokes, ALM’s chief technology officer, put his worst fears on the table: “Security,” he wrote.
“I would hate to see our systems hacked and/or the leak of personal information.” In the wake of the Adult Friend Finder breach, many wondered whether Ashley Madison would be next.
“Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver.
We’ve got the complete set of profiles in our DB dumps, and we’ll release them soon if Ashley Madison stays online.