Hackers Dump Massive Amounts of Data Scoured from Previous AshleyMadison.com Attack

Posted on August 19, 2015 by .

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The hackers who call themselves the Impact Team recently attacked the AshleyMadison.com site, a network known for allowing married folks to secretly have an affair, are now releasing massive amounts of data that they scoured from hack many weeks ago.

The hacker group Impact Team is acting out a promise that they said was due in part to AshleyMadison.com’s parent company, Avid Life Media, having questionable practices when it comes to its users being charged for leaving the service and opting to delete all user data, which was not complied by the company.

As an out lash against the companies practices, the hacker group attacked the site to gather over 9 GBs of user data and then threatened to release the data of its users if the AshleyMadison.com and EstablishedMen.com were not taken down. As it pans out, neither site was taken down, and the hackers have now resorted to releasing the user data over the internet.

The Impact Team has so far released only samples of user data while there is a data file claimed to have user data on it that is larger than 9 GB readily available to other hackers or those who utilize the TOR web browser. The links to the file were at one time live but have been taken down for now.

The Impact Team has a major grievance with Avid Life Media, much like other large hacker groups have had with other entities in the past and sought efforts to attack them. In following through with their initial threat, the Avid Life Media company has launched an investigation that involves the FBI, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police and the Toronto Police Services. The investigation will eventually verify if the threat is legit by verification of the data that was supposedly stolen from the AshleyMadison.com website.

For now, Avid Life Media has issued the current statement: “This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities,” the company said in a statement. “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. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world.”

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