Monday, July 20, 2015

Hack Brief: Attackers Spill User Data From Cheating Site Ashley Madison

WHEN A DATING website’s slogan invites users to “have an affair,” its user database is a blackmailer’s dream. Now hackers have stolen that sensitive personal information from the “cheating” site, and they’re using it to blackmail not the site’s users, but to demand the shutdown of the site itself.

On Sunday Avid Life Media, owner of the social network for married people seeking to have affairs known as, admitted in a statement that it had been the target of a serious hacker intrusion. According to KrebsonSecurity, which broke the news, the hackers have published samples of stolen data, which appears to include information on the site’s nearly 40 million users, company financial data such as salary figures, and even maps of the company’s internal network.

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