Ashley Madison admits their users are screwed as hackers finally post stolen Ashley Madison data.
Hackers who stole sensitive customer information from the cheating site AshleyMadison.com appear to have made good on their threat to post the data online.
A data dump, 9.7 gigabytes in size, was posted on Tuesday to the dark web using an Onion address accessible only through the Tor browser. The files appear to include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the social networking site, touted as the premier site for married individuals seeking partners for affairs. Seven years worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are also part of the dump, going back to 2008. The data, which amounts to millions of payment transactions, includes names, street address, email address and amount paid, but not credit card numbers; instead it includes four digits for each transaction that may be the last four digits of the credit card or simply a transaction ID unique to each charge. AshleyMadison.com claimed to have nearly 40 million users at the time of the breach about a month ago, all apparently in the market for clandestine hookups.
Names implicated in the breach include disgraced reality TV star Josh Duggar — accused of molesting five minors — who signed up using a credit card linked to a billing address that matches his grandmother’s home in Fayetteville, Ark., according to Gawker.
The married man, who was at once time the executive director of the Family Research Council, allegedly paid $986.75 during his two-year subscription, the site reported, noting that his interests included “conventional sex,” “experimenting with sex toys,” “one-night stands,” and “cuddling & hugging.”
The massive list also includes email addresses belonging to big companies and banks, like Bank of America, JP Morgan, Amazon and Boeing.
One American banker said he signed up for the site because he had a “sex drive too high to handle,” The Telegraph reported.
“I need someone who is more sexual,” he said. “I need someone who is willing to try anything.”
A Canadian who listed a government phone number described his sexual fantasies, saying, “I love it when I’m called and told I have 15 minutes to get to someplace where I’ll be greeted at the door with a surprise — maybe lingerie, nakedness,” Wired reported.
Locally, 27 people used email addresses registered to the Department of Education, and three each from the Fire Department and Parks Department. In all, some 15,000 people registered their accounts using emails linked to military and government servers, including the NSA and Department of Justice.
United Nations and Vatican workers popped up, too — as well as email addresses belonging to Yale and Harvard University alums. (Harvard beat Yale).
But it remains unclear how many of the email addresses are legitimate, considering the Ashley Madison site doesn’t verify user information — and customers have good reason to hide their identities.
British parliamentarian Michelle Thomson spoke out Wednesday, saying her email address was stolen and used on the site.
“Along with potentially millions of others, an out-of-use email address seems to have been harvested by hackers,” the married politico said.
Other users have outed themselves as well. Piers Morgan’s journalist wife admitted to signing up for the site — in the name of research.