Cheaters Recoil As Hackers Release 10GB Of Personal Data From Ashley Madison Breach

Karma's a dirty little devil, a fact that as many as 37 million unfaithful online users may find that out the hard way. That's because the hackers who infiltrated Ashely Madison, a dating website for married folk to practice infidelity under the tagline "Life is short. Have an affair," published a cache of personal details about its members, including names, email addresses, phone numbers, and credit card information.

In total, the data dump was 9.7 gigabytes in size. it was posted to the dark web using a Tor browser and what's called onion routing, which is encryption in the application layer of a communication protocol stack, nested like the layers of an onion.

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The hacking group taking credit for the attack is called The Impact Team. It wasn't just the cheating aspect of the site that they took issue with, but also with Ashley Madison promising to purge a user's data for a $19 fee. The Impact Team accused Ashley Madison of lying to its customers while collecting around $1.7 million in revenue from delete requests in 2014.

A readme file provided with the data dump revealed why The Impact Team decided to make the stolen data available for all to see.

Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.

Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.

Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.

Any data not signed with key 6E50 3F39 BA6A EAAD D81D ECFF 2437 3CD5 74AB AA38 is fake.

The FBI, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and local authorities are all investigation the incident, though for the millions of members affected by this, the damage has already been done.