Ashley Madison, an online dating site that allows the married cheat, has been breached by hackers who are attempting to blackmail the company behind the dating site.
For a site that has the advertising tagline of “Life is Short. Have an affair”, perhaps they had this coming – karma that is.
Avid Life Media is the parent company of AshleyMadison.com and recently issue a PR that stated;
We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information. The current business world has proven to be one in which no company’s online assets are safe from cyber-vandalism, with Avid Life Media being only the latest among many companies to have been attacked, despite investing in the latest privacy and security technologies.
Avid Life Media has the utmost confidence in its business, and with the support of leading experts in IT security, including Joel Eriksson, CTO, Cycura, we will continue to be a leader in the services we provide. “I have worked with leading companies around the world to secure their businesses. I have no doubt, based on the work I and my company are doing, Avid Life Media will continue to be a strong, secure business,” Eriksson said.
The 37 million impacted users should have users of the site on pins and needles as the hacking group which identifies itself as “The Impact Team” says even though the site says they are 100% confidential, the company still stores your credit card information, name, and address which the hackers now apparently have in their possession.
Are you one of the 37 million vulnerable users? How soon until the full names and addresses are released for the world to search?