Does your significant other seem a little distracted or nervous today? Well, I might know why.
37 million users of the adultery-enabling website AshleyMadison.com are at risk of exposure after hackers successful gained access to the site, KrebsOnSecurity.com is reporting.
“Impact Team,” the group responsible for the hack, is threatening to release names, credit-card data, and “secret sexual-fantasy” profiles unless Avid Life Media, the company behind the site, meets their demands.
“Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently,” the hackers said in a statement. “[If the demands are not met], we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.”
The hackers went on to mock AshleyMadison.com’s “Full Delete” feature, which promised users the abailty to completely wipe their profile in exchange for a $19 fee.
“Full Delete netted ALM $1.7 million in revenue in 2014. It’s also a complete lie,” the hacking group claimed. "Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed.”
A press release from Avid Life Media confirmed and apologized for the attack, and claimed the company was doing everything possible to stop the leak.
“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” the statement read. “Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber–terrorism will be held responsible.”
While I’m sure the families of those killed in the recent Chattanooga shooting will appreciate comparing a sleazy site’s hacking to an act of terrorism, I’m not sure the site’s users (or their spouses) will be so forgiving.