AshleyMadison, a site that facilitates cheating in relationships among its near 40 million users has been hacked. The perpetrators have threatened to expose all the married cheaters unless their demands are met, KrebsOnSecurity reports
AshleyMadison, with its tagline, “Life is short. Have an affair,” is owned by Avid Life Media (ALM). The company also owns other hookup sites Cougar Life and Established Men. The hackers go by the name ‘The Impact Team’ and have a beef with the company’s full delete feature. In essence, for $19, AshleyMadison claims it completely erases a user’s information from its servers. But the hackers claim that the company is lying about this feature, and still retains users’ real name, address and credit card details.
ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack and said the company was working hard to have the data taken down. Needless to say, an expose by the hackers could be really uncomfortable for the company as well as the registered users whose personal life could be under jeopardy.