Millions of adultery website members under hack threat

Website encouraging affairs with over 37 million users under cyber attack as hacker group threatens to release personal data

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Hackers who call themselves “the Impact Team” threatened a Canadian website on Monday, built for those who want to “have an affair.”

Hackers threatened to shut down the website “Ashley Madison” and expose private data belonging to the millions of members who use the site to seek an affair.

The site which was founded in 2001, with members from 46 countries, helps people who are already in a relationship cheat on their partners in a “discreet” manner.

An “unauthorised party” was able to access the data of the website on Monday, according to the company.

The hacker group said it wants the site which goes by “Life is short. Have an affair” to be shut down permanently.

They also pushed for the closure of a similar site called “Established Men.”

"Shutting down AM and EM will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more," they said in a statement.

"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."

The hacker team published the members’ information online, which were later removed by the site’s affiliate, Avid Life Media.

"Our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident... about our users published online," they said.

"At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points."

While previously, members were obliged to pay for the removal of their profile, the site has now given permission to delete their profile without any fee, following the hack threat.

"The process involves a hard-delete of a requesting user's profile, including the removal of posted pictures and all messages sent to other system users' email boxes," the company said.

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