Hackers release further Ashley Madison data

Ashley Madison scandal continues to grow as hackers reveal second batch of confidential information

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Noel Biderman, founder of Ashley Madison

A second batch of private information hacked from Ashley Madison - a site marketed for people looking for extramarital affairs - has been released which names US government workers, congressmen and law enforcement officials as among the users of the site.

The hacking group Impact Team has published the personal details of 32 million users, including addresses, credit card numbers, names and sexual fantasies.

The US Department of Defense and Postal Service have initiated a detailed investigation into the use of military and other government email accounts listed on the website.

The hackers, who saw the website as immoral, had threatened to reveal private data belonging its members if the site's owners did not shut it down.

"We will release all customer records, profiles with all the customers' sexual fantasies, nude pictures and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses," they said in a statement.

The hackers mocked Noel Biderman, the CEO of the Toronto-based Avid Life Media, a partner company of the Ashley Madison website, following the release of the second batch of data.

"Hey Noel, you can admit it’s real now,” the Impact Team wrote in a note, asserting that Biderman did not take the first threat seriously.
The second batch of data was 20 GB, twice as much as the data released in the previous month. 

Ashley Madison is known for its slogan “Life is short. Have an affair.”

TRTWorld and agencies