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Ashley Madison’s customer data is leaked

The customer data from Ashely Madison, online adultery dating site, has allegedly been leaked. The data has reportedly been leaked on the ‘dark web’, which means that it is only accessible via encrypted browsers.

The hackers, also known as the Impact Team, stole the data last month and have been threatening to leak its users ever since unless the matchmaking site was taken down.

The hackers motives seemed to be moral, saying that the customers deserved to be revealed due to their infidelity, highlighted by Ashley Madison’s tagline, “Life is short, have an affair.”

Technology website Wired said 9.7 gigabytes of data was leaked, of which the material included members accounts and credit card details.

The Impact Team said they had managed to steal the real names and addresses of the site’s users.

The stolen information included those who had previously paid to “delete” their accounts.

Small pieces of the data had already been leaked in July when the information was originally stolen.

In a statement, Canada-based Avid Life Media, the company behind Ashley Madison, said:

“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.”

Security blogger Brian Krebs said that the leak appeared to be real, and added that it has been almost exactly 30  days since the last ‘leak’ of information.

Ashley Madison says it has 37 million users and operates in more than 50 countries, of which more than a million live in the UK.

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