According to a report via EWN, the details of more than 1 million Ashley Madison users has been dumped online. The report reveals that the latest high-profile cyber-attack threatens to wreak havoc in relationships across the globe.
Back in July 2015 a group, which goes by the alias of “Impact Team” had claimed responsibility for the original hack. Avid Life Media, which owns Ashley Madison and Established Men, has not verified if the data was real or not; however, it is aware of the current data dump.
EWN revealed that Impact Team had leaked the information via the Deep Web, which is only accessible via a specialised browsers. EWN also revealed that within hours of the leak thousands of email addresses from North America and Europe including many linked to corporations and universities sprouted up on other sites as people decrypted the database.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is investigating the theft alongside the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and local police.
Impact Team, according to Wired.com, stated that: “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…. 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.”
According to Wired.com, Toronto-based cybersecurity firm Cycura, which was hired by Avid Life to investigate the attack, said it was not authorised to speak on the matter.