According to the hackers, although the ‘full delete’ feature that Ashley Madison advertises promises ‘removal of site usage history and personally identifiable information from the site,’ users’ purchase details — including real name and address — aren’t actually scrubbed.
Biderman told Krebs on Security that it was likely “not an employee but certainly” someone who “had touched our technical services.” “We’re not denying this happened,” Biderman said to Krebs on Security.
“Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.” CNN reported on a similar data breach two months ago in which intruders stole and leaked online user data on millions of accounts from hookup site Adult Friend Finder.
What happens when you send an e-mail or buy something online?
Most of what we do on the Internet requires sending data thousands of miles to other computers.
But how does the data know where to go, and can it get lost or stolen along the way? Negron, Craig Timberg and Jorge Ribas/The Washington Post) Although it is unknown how much user account data from Ashley Madison is online, Krebs on Security reports that it appears to be a small amount that will increase by each day the company remains online.
Ashley Madison claims to be the world’s second-largest paid-for Internet dating site after Match.com, Bloomberg reports.
Fusion reports that tech blogger Robert Scoble posted an e-mail from Ashley Madison’s public relations team last year that ironically claimed the site was “the last truly secure space on the Internet.” Which is apparently not the case.
“Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the hackers wrote.
Data stolen by hackers from Ashley Madison.com, the online cheating site that claims 37 million users, has been posted online, according to Krebs on Security, the authoritative Web site that monitors hacking across the globe.
The breach was confirmed in a statement from Avid Life Media Inc., which owns Ashley Madison.
“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information.” Ashley Madison’s slogan is “Life is short.