Cheating spouses website Ashley Madison hacked

THE personal details of more than 35 million cheating spouses signed up to controversial dating website Ashley Madison are at risk of being exposed by hackers. 

Blog KrebsOnSecurity reports that large caches of data have been stolen from the hookup service and posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company's user databases, financial records and other proprietary information.

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KrebsOnSecurity reports the hacker or hacker responsible calls themselves The Impact Team. The 'team' claims to have stolen data from Avid Life Media (ALM), the firm that also owns related sites Cougar Life and Established Men. 

ALM have confirmed the hack and told KrebsOnSecurity that the company is working "diligently and feverishly" to stop the intellectual property theft.

With more than 35.5 million members in 46 countries, Ashley Madison is considered one of the world's biggest dating sites.

About 1.165 million of its mostly female membership are from Australia and many are from regional, rural and remote communities.

Read more at KrebsOnSecurity


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