Ashley Madison affair hack put online
We told you about the Ashley Madison hack, where the details of loads of people were going to be dumped online. Well, it has finally happened, exposing loads of people's naked photos, sexual preferences, private chats and of course, potentially alerting people to the fact that their partners have been having extra-marital affairs.
The Impact Team, who are behind all this, have a point to prove. They didn't like the fact that Ashley Madison charged people to delete users' accounts, so, to stick it to the man... they've... uh... taken it out on the customers. Whether or not you agree with the site, it is peculiar that the hack stands to hurt users more than the people who ran the site.
Here's The Impact Team's words on the matter.
Anyway, Avid Life Media (ALM), who run Ashley Madison as well as Cougar Life and Established Men, is now looking into the claim that the hack is online.
In a statement ALM said: "Furthermore, we will continue to put forth substantial efforts into removing any information unlawfully released to the public, as well as continuing to operate our business."
Of course, this information is available on the Dark Web, which you can't get to with normal search engines. That being the case, unless your partner is a dab hand at getting access to the underbelly of the internet, you're probably alright. Unless you're a celebrity or politician. In which case, you're probably doomed.
ALM want justice for this: "This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities."
"The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society."
"We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world. We are continuing to fully co-operate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law."
Of course, there's already rumours that there are hundreds of government email addresses in the leaked database. Of course, that's not to say anyone who signed-up even used the site or, indeed, went through with doing anything once signed up. Either way, this whole thing could devastate some lives.