Ashley Madison, a dating website that caters to married people seeking affairs, now appears to have all its data in the hands of hackers. The hackers, who call themselves the “Impact Team,” threaten that if Ashley Madison is not taken offline, they will release all customer records. This includes users’ real names, secret sexual fantasies, accompanying credit card transactions, addresses, employee documents and emails.
The hacking group already posted a small set of sensitive data online to prove they mean business. This sensitive information, stolen from Avid Life Media, the company that owns AshleyMadison—along with other hookup sites Cougar Life and Established Men—has since been taken down, along with the hackers’ statement.
The Impact Team explained that their issue lies with the site’s $19 service that allows Ashley Madison users to erase their profile and all accompanying information. According to the hackers, Avid Live Media is lying about that function.
ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack to security blog KrebsOnSecurity, and condemned the “criminal act,” saying the company was hard at work trying to keep their customers’ data private.
Ashley Madison’s tagline is “Life Is Short. Have An Affair”.