The adulterous AshleyMadison site was hacked recently, and almost 40-million of its users are threatened to be exposed by hackers who recently breached the website?s security.
The site, with the tagline ?Life is short. Have an affair,? has been facilitating cheaters and users who have considered cheating, via an online platform that is founded on confidentiality and privacy, is said to have been breached by individuals who now have all the names of its users.
According to a report, the hackers, which called themselves ?The Impact Team?, posted a small sample of sensitive data (since taken offline) stolen from Avid Life Media, the company that owns AshleyMadison, along with other hookup sites Cougar Life and Established Men.
The data was accompanied by a statement, demanding the takedown of AshleyMadison and Established Men. If that doesn?t happen, the hackers are threatening to leak the full details ? names, addresses, sexual fantasies ? of AshleyMadison?s 37 million users.
ALM Chief Executive Noel Bideran gave a statement to security blog, KrebsOnSecurity, saying that the company was ?working diligently and feverishly? to take down ALM?s intellectual property.
?We?re not denying this happened,? Biderman said. ?Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.?
Besides snippets of account data apparently sampled at random from among?some 40?million users across ALM?s trio of properties, the hackers leaked maps of internal company servers, employee network account information, company bank account data and salary information.
The hacking activity happened less than two?months after intruders stole and leaked online user data on millions of accounts from hookup site AdultFriendFinder.
The Impact Team also warned users of the websites that even if they choose to delete their information or sign-up, pertinent details like name and address remains in the site?s cache. This information can easily be taken.
Hacking is the ultimate nightmare for a site like AshleyMadison.com, as it not only poses threat of exposure of important details like name, addresses, and credit card information, it also threatens to expose each user?s elicit affairs and kinkiest fantasies.