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The high-profile hacking of cheating site Ashley Madison in 2015, saw attackers taking off with over 25 gigabytes of company data and user information.Despite the scandal, it seems that the publicity afforded the online infidelity market a considerable boost.To show they meant business, they posted sample files containing some of the stolen data, which included company financial information detailing employee salaries and documents mapping the company's internal network.The hackers appeared to target Ashley Madison and Established Men over the questionable morals they condoned and encouraged, but they also took issue with what they considered ALM's fraudulent business practices."Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver."Avid Life Media defiantly ignored the warnings and kept both sites online after the breach, promising customers that it had increased the security of its networks.That wouldn't matter for the customers whose data had already been taken.Despite promising customers to delete their user data from the site for a fee, the company actually retained the data on ALM’s servers, the hackers claimed.
It is an illegal action against the individual members of Ashley Madison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities," the company said in a statement.
Ashley claimed to have nearly 40 million users at the time of the breach about a month ago, all apparently in the market for clandestine hookups."Ashley Madison is the most famous name in infidelity and married dating," the site asserts on its homepage. Thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands signup everyday looking for an affair....
With Our affair guarantee package we guarantee you will find the perfect affair partner."The data released by the hackers includes names, passwords, addresses and phone numbers submitted by users of the site, though it's unclear how many members provided legitimate details to open accounts.
"It’s refreshing to see bcrypt actually being used."Here's how the hackers introduced the new data dump: Following the intrusion last month, the hackers, who called themselves the Impact Team, demanded that Avid Life Media, owner of Ashley and its companion site Established Men, take down the two sites.
Established promises to connect beautiful young women with rich sugar daddies "to fulfill their lifestyle needs." The hackers didn't target Cougar Life, a sister site run by ALM that promises to connect older women with younger men."Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms, or we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails," the hackers wrote in a statement following the breach.