The hackers, who call themselves The Impact Team have released a sample of what they are going to reveal unless the Avid Life Media, the owner of this website and other two compromising ones, doesn’t shut it down.
Along with Ashley Madison, they want the Canadian company to close Established Men as well.
“Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms or we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails,” they said.
This promise to let the cat out of the bag represents a huge threat for customers who have profiles on either one of the websites and it will probably cost the company a lot of money.
It was reported that Avid Life Media was planning to raise as much as $ 200 million on the stock market in London, so this breach might interfere with their plans.
The site that promotes adultery and has the very suggestive motto “Life is short. Have an affair” was most probably hacked by a person or group of people who were not necessarily employees of the company but had access to their technical services, according to Brian Krebs, a cybersecurity expert who reported the leak.
The information they threatened to expose did not only refer to names but also to profiles and credit card details. According to the hackers, there are some very powerful people who used the website and releasing their information could prove very harmful to them.
In the memento they wrote for Avid Life Media, they also stated that the “paid delete” fee of £ 15 (UK) or $19 (U.S.) that promised to delete your account, your photos and your credit card details, which brought the company about $ 2 million last year was a scam. According to The Impact Team, these details were still in the company’s database and were not erased.
However, the representatives of Avid Life Media vehemently denied these accusations, saying that the information that users paid to have deleted was gone and that the hackers’ allegations were just a strategy to discredit the company.
Representatives of the parent company of the website, which also owns CougarLife, which wasn’t threatened on this occasion, said they are currently working with the best teams to determine who was behind all this. Moreover, they said customers have nothing to fear because their information is now safe.
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