Just when you think that people are not as dumb as you think they are another example of how wrong you are pops up.
Paying to find someone to cheat with? Really? Especially on a site where 90 to 95% of the membership is male and looking for the same thing you are. D_U_M_B_!
Back on July 15, tech blogger Brian Krebs revealed that a hacking collective calling itself Impact Team had “completely compromised” adultery websiteAshleyMadison.com’s user databases, financial records, and more. According to Impact Team, one of the reasons they targeted Ashley Madison is because of its “full delete” feature—where, for the price of $20, the site said it would completely wipe all of the user’s data. The hackers claimed that this function, which allegedly netted Ashley Madison’s parent company ALM $1.7 million in revenue in 2014, was “a complete lie,” and that user data remained on their database.
Well, it looks like the hackers have been proven correct. On Tuesday evening, Impact Team released all of the hacked Ashley Madison data online, along with a message:
“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.
Stolen data from the Ashley Madison infidelity dating site includes approximately 10,000 email addresses belonging to government officials or workers with .gov addresses. The Daily Beast reviewed the files and found accounts linked to the email addresses of members of the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ), as well as numerous officials from the Australian and British governments. The Daily Beast, however, cannot verify the authenticity of all the accounts yet.
The data dump included 36 million email addresses for 33 million accounts, along with user names, first and last names, the last four digits of credit cards, personal IP addresses, street addresses, and phone numbers for a large number of them. In total, the hackers released 10GB of compressed data—a staggeringly large amount.