“Life is short, have an affair.” Or think again.
This is the tagline used on the Ashley Madison dating website to lure in men and women wishing to cheat on their spouses. According to Ashley Madison, 37 million users in over 50 countries use the site, and if the regret of committing infidelity hasn’t caused them to lie wide awake at night, their data in the hands of the Impact Team hackers certainly will.
Their mission is self-explanatory. They are claiming that they have obtained the real names, addresses, credit card transactions, and oh—they’re most desired sexual fantasies, and are threatening to post these customers’ personal data online until the website is shut down. According to security researcher, Brian Krebs, the hackers have already published a small percentage of the information.
On behalf of those affected by the intrusion, website owner Avid Life Media apologized, claiming “any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber-terrorism will be held responsible.”
In a released statement, the company also said “At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points. We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act.”
Of course, exposing people’s personal information to the web is wrong, but it almost seems like some serious karma has come full circle for these people. Somewhere, somehow a spouse who discovered their husband or wife was cheating is basking in the glory of their deserved blackmail. As for Avid Life Media, who advertised high data security in the past, they too will take a serious blow to their reputation. You just know there are a bunch of comedians etching this event into their next comedy skit, right?
Well played Impact Team, well played.