AshelyMadison.com, a website that facilitates infidelity, has been breached. Data from Avid Life Media, its parent company, has been posted online by hackers who have identified themselves as the Impact Team.
In addition to Ashley Madison’s 37 million users, data from ALM’s other sites Cougar Life and Established Men has also been compromised.
The Impact Team explains in an online manifesto that they “decided to publish information in response to alleged lies ALM told its customers about a service that allows members to completely erase their profile information for a $19 fee.” They claim that users’ purchase details, which include the real name and address, aren’t removed.
The Impact Team is demanding that Ashley Madison and Established Men be shut down lest they release all customer recordsÂ which include private conversations, fantasies, etc.Â as reported by Krebs On Security.
With each data breach, the importance of a strong Cyber Security Program becomes clearer. In this case, Avid Life Media and its users are finding out the hard way.