Millions Exposed In Extramarital Dating Site Hack

Millions Exposed In Extramarital Dating Site Hack

Brian Kreb’s reports that another online dating site that caters to extramarital dating – has been hacked.

Large caches of data stolen from online cheating site have been posted online by an individual or group that claims to have completely compromised the company’s user databases, financial records and other proprietary information. The still-unfolding leak could be quite damaging to some 37 million users of the hookup service, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.”

The data released by the hacker or hackers — which self-identify as The Impact Team — includes sensitive internal data stolen from Avid Life Media (ALM), the Toronto-based firm that owns AshleyMadison as well as related hookup sites Cougar Life and Established Men.


It’s unclear how much of the AshleyMadison user account data has been posted online. For now, it appears the hackers have published a relatively small percentage of AshleyMadison user account data and are planning to publish more for each day the company stays online.

“Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the hackers continued. “Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver. We’ve got the complete set of profiles in our DB dumps, and we’ll release them soon if Ashley Madison stays online. And with over 37 million members, mostly from the US and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people.”

What To Do About It |

I suggest that again you take immediate preventive action. It only takes one second for a worried end-user (or admin) to click on a link in an email and expose the network to attackers. I recommend you send something like this to your friends, family and end-users. Feel free to edit.

“A few months ago, news broke that the Adult Friend Finder website was hacked. Now it’s AshleyMadison, their biggest competitor. These sites are for people who want to cheat on their spouse. The site has 37 million registered users, and these records are now out in the open, exposing highly sensitive personal information. Internet criminals are going to exploit this in many ways, sending spam, phishing and possibly blackmail messages, using social engineering tactics to make people click on links or open infected attachments. Be on the lookout for threatening messages like this that slip through and delete them immediately.”

As you can see, stepping your users through effective security awareness training is an absolute must these days. For KnowBe4 customers, we have a new Social Networking template that lures people into clicking on a link to the “haveibeenpwned” website to see if their personal sensitive information was hacked. The subject of the template is “RE: Pictures from your Ashley Madison account were leaked”

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9 thoughts on “Millions Exposed In Extramarital Dating Site Hack”

  1. Howard Russell that's obvious. my comment was focused on the 37 million adulterers and adulteresses who's profile information was stolen. had they followed bible principles about fidelity, they'd not be in this mess.

  2. This may be nothing more than a scare tactic.
    The only data that may have been compromised are names and e-mail addresses.
    They then would Google that information to find out more.
    Then they e-mail you using the data from Google and a little imagination and then Black-Mail you. You assume they know everything and are willing to pay big bucks to keep it quiet.
    No real hack, just a smart SCAM.
    Fear on the part of the users can net these crooks mucho denero.
    Thats just my oppinion……Alan

      1. @Patricis: lol really? so, saying not to commit adultery, which is not only unloving to your spouse but equates to treachery against the marriage arrangement, drove all these people to cheat on their spouse?!

        that makes as much sense as saying that all murders happen because there’s laws against it! or saying that those who break the speed limit do so because they’re not allowed to.

        that’s the biggest load of ignorance i’ve ever heard and shows you’ve never done an objective study of the scriptures. especially since a husband is to love his wife as his own body and a woman is to respect her husband.

        thanks for the laugh. it’s the biggest one i’ve had all week.

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