Hacked data from online extramarital affairs website Ashley Madison has apparently been leaked online, after a threat by a group of hackers to do so earlier this summer if the service did not shut down (which it has not).
Speaking to security investigator Brian Krebs yesterday, Ashley Madison’s original CTO Raja Bhatia, claimed the site never stored credit card information. “We use transaction IDs, just like every other PCI compliant merchant processor.
If there is full credit card data in a dump, it’s not from us, because we don’t even have that.
When someone completes a payment, what happens is from our payment processor, we get a transaction ID back.
A post on the Hydraze blog late yesterday claimed the Ashley Madison data had finally been leaked on an Tor website. Of the new revelations it said: We have now learned that the individual or individuals responsible for this attack claim to have released more of the stolen data.
The data apparently includes some 33 million accounts; 36 million email addresses; and personal info including names, street addresses, phone number and credit card transactions. We are actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted online and will continue to devote significant resources to this effort.
A readme file contained with the data dump contains the following statement from its creators: Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. Furthermore, we will continue to put forth substantial efforts into removing any information unlawfully released to the public, as well as continuing to operate our business.
We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.
Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world.
We are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law.