Krebs on Security are reporting that many news sites and blogs are reporting that the data stolen last month from the 37 million users of Ashley Madison.com— a site that facilitates cheating and extramarital affairs — has finally been posted online for the world to see. In the past 48 hours, several huge dumps of data claiming to be the actual Ashley Madison database have turned up online. Although there are few details, vouched sources of (Kerbs on Security) have reported finding their information and last four digits of their credit card numbers in the leaked database. A security spokesman stated “I’m sure there are millions of Ashley Madison users who wish it weren’t so, but there is every indication this dump is the real deal.”
The data has reportedly been leaked on the so called dark web, meaning it is accessible only via encrypted browsers.
However in Australia names have started to trickle out in the huge Ashley Madison data leak. Users who claim they have access to the data have posted 22 email addresses linked to the University of Western Sydney on an online message board.
In a statement, Canada-based Avid Life Media, the company behind Ashley Madison said it had “now learned that the individual or individuals responsible for this attack claim to have released more of the stolen data”.
Describing the hack as “an act of criminality”, the company said it was fully cooperating with law enforcement to find the hackers.
“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,” the statement said.
Ashley Madison says it operates in more than 50 countries and has 37 million users, around 120,000 whom live in Portugal.