Ashley Madison – the popular extramarital dating site – has been hacked and those who are responsible for it are blackmailing its 37 million users. Cheating spouses from around the world are anxiously waiting to see if their personal information will be released to the public.
The website’s motto is “Life is short. Have an affair.”, and it promises its members complete ‘anonymity’. However, Ashley Madison’s attacker – a group calling themselves the ‘Impact Team’ – is now threatening to leak names, credit card details, as well as ‘secret sexual fantasies’ of all members.
Hackers believe that the popular dating website – also known as the ‘Google of cheating’ – is ruining marriages, and they have told owners that they will start releasing users’ personal information unless Ashley Madison is shut down. In order to prove their point, the Impact Team outed two men – one American and one Canadian – and leaked their names, addresses and sexual preferences.
Additionally, they hacked into Cougar Life, a site for older women who are looking to date younger men, and Established Men, an online place where ‘successful’ men can meet young and attractive women. The Impact Team’s goal is to expose cheating men, so they are asking for Established Men to be taken offline as well, but they haven’t made the same request for Cougar Life.
Ashley Madison has apologized for the hack, and is offering the ‘paid delete’ ability to its members, which is priced at £15 in the UK and at $19 in the US. On the other hand, hackers are claiming that the site did not delete all user information, even after they paid the fee.