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8/18/2015
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Hackers Dump Ashley Madison User Database... Where Most People Won't Find It

Attackers make good on doxing threat, but post database to dark web.

The attackers who compromised Ashley Madison -- an online hook-up site for people looking for extra-marital affairs -- have made good on their threats to unmask the site's users if the site was not taken down. However, unlike the attackers who doxed Sony and Hacking Team, who uploaded all the stolen data to Pastebin, the Ashley Madison hackers dropped the 9.7 G data dump where most users will not go looking: the "dark web," only accessible through the Tor network.

The data includes email addresses, credit card transaction data, and profile information on the 37 million customers of Avid Life Media, which includes Ashley Madison and its sister sites, Cougar Life and Established Men. 

The attackers, who call themselves Impact Team, said "We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data. ... Find yourself in here? It is ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends."

“This is definitely a unique cybercriminal act, one that I'm sure is very controversial amongst readers. But what’s more worrying is what they are not releasing and instead using as blackmail," says George Anderson, director of product marketing at Webroot. "I don’t think this is just a sophisticated ‘kiss ‘n tell.’ There is a desire to hurt people here and that’s sick as well as being criminal.

"Whilst readers' morals may conflict either seeing this group of hackers as good or bad guys, the fact remains that the Impact Team illegally obtained sensitive personal info," says Anderson. "I’d imagine the fall-out is divorces, firings and blackmail – really personally malicious and upsetting stuff. There are no moral judgments on this except the immorality of hackers. So the ‘what now?’ is pretty nasty and the site users will probably be considering a class action for negligence."

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RyanSepe
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RyanSepe,
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9/16/2015 | 1:02:36 PM
Re: AM Hackers did a service.
@SamArv

Your post was very informed. AM is not soley for married or in relationship individuals.

However, lets not resort to adding to the hatred within the previous post. The post you responded to was ignorant and I understand your frustration but lets rise above it. We should be sharing information and thoughts here respectfully.

 
Anti_Slime
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Anti_Slime,
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9/15/2015 | 11:59:13 AM
Re: AM Hackers did a service.
I hope these assholes are identified and executed for their crimes invading people's privacy for their bullshit excuses mechanism... Maske sure they can never do this again and execute them immediately.
BobT144
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BobT144,
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9/14/2015 | 12:33:53 PM
Re: AM Hackers did a service.
AM site was not a criminal site. Your views are deluded, and your comments moot. 
BobT144
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BobT144,
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9/14/2015 | 12:33:49 PM
Re: AM Hackers did a service.
AM site was not a criminal site. Your views are deluded, and your comments moot. 
SamArv
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SamArv,
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8/20/2015 | 12:24:50 PM
Re: AM Hackers did a service.
I'm sorry, you clearly don't know what you're talking about.

First: how were people registered at the AM site committing crimes?? Which crime?

Second: how were they hurting other people and unethical sleazes? 

I signed up for AM when I was SINGLE. This wasn't a site just for people who were married. Many of the women I spoke with were either divorced or separated or had full understanding of their spouse for being on the site.

You don't know anything about these people, yet you've decided -- with all the smugness and moral sanctimony of your typical ignorant fool -- that everyone on this site somehow deserves "what they get."

Who hell are you? Pull your head out, shake the crap from your brain, and try to understand that your misconceptions about all the "evil" that was going on at AM.....wasn't really. At least for a lot of people -- a lot of people who will be hurt by this.
sigp220
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sigp220,
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8/19/2015 | 4:09:54 PM
AM Hackers did a service.
I couldn't disagree with you more. While I can understand that the hackers taking down AM weren't being wthical, the greater crime was the sleaze and knowing complicity of the AM management and leaders. The users and the management of AM got what they diserved.

If I made a site to aid bank robbers, no one would think twice if I was hacked and taken down. I feel the same way about the AM site. The people using it were committing crimes, they were hurting other people, they were unethical sleazes. The AM management were specifically doing this as well as committing fraud.

I think both groups got just what they deserved.
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