Details of about 37-million users of the Ashley Madison cheating site have been dumped online as hackers make good on their promise to leak details gleaned from last month’s hack of the site.
The details, which have yet to be confirmed as legitimate, are contained in a massive file that contains personal information and some credit card details of site users.
Security expert Brian Krebs, writing on his Krebs on Security blog, believes the files could be the real deal – a fact he points out that Ashleymadison.com subscribers would wish otherwise.
The 10Gb file was dumped on to the Deep Web and some torrent file-sharing services over the last couple of days. Reports indicate that details in the files include names, addresses and phone numbers apparently attached to Ashley Madison member profiles, along with credit card data and transaction information.
The links to the files were preceded by a text file message titled “Time’s Up”, which appears to be a message from the Impact Team hacker group, reading: “Avid Life Media has failed to take for 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 damaged. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.”