Hackers Say They Have Named 32 Million Spouses Who Used Cheating Website Ashley Madison
The names of 32 million spouses who signed up to the cheating website Ashley Madison have been released, according to hackers.
The hackers made good on their threat of releasing the information on Tuesday, and posted a trove of leaked files alongside a message accusing Ashley Madison's owners of deceiving its users.
The leaked information includes full names, passwords, street addresses, credit card information and "an extensive amount of internal data," such as messages.
"Now everyone gets to see their data," the statement said.
Ashley Madison claims to be the Internet's leading facilitator of affairs and boasts that "thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands sign up every day looking for an affair."
The Associated Press reported that analysts who have scanned the data believe it is genuine.
Errata Security Chief Executive Rob Graham said that the information also included details such as height, weight and GPS coordinates, and added that men outnumbered women on the service five-to-one.
It also reportedly includes the amount of money users spent on the site: users must pay to send messages to other people.
The hackers had threatened to release the data last month. Their statement on Tuesday was posted with the headline: "Time's Up!"
The website's owner, Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc., previously admitted that it had been hacked. In a statement on Tuesday, the company said it was investigating the hackers' latest claims.
The sheer size of the database means it's unlikely to lead to break ups just yet, the AP reported.
The data is posted on an area of the Internet known as the "Dark Web" that cannot easily be searched and can only be accessed with a special Tor browser.
"Unless this Ashley Madison information becomes very easily accessible and searchable, I think it is unlikely that anyone but the most paranoid or suspecting spouses will bother to seek out this information," New York divorce attorney Michael DiFalco said in an email. "There are much simpler ways to confirm their suspicions."
While the hackers' motives aren't fully clear, they have previously accused Ashley Madison of creating fake female profiles and of holding onto users' information even after they paid to have it deleted.
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