Hackers that stole sensitive data from AshelyMadison.com say that “nobody was watching” when they scoured the infidelity website and promised to release more emails from its executives, according to tech site Motherboard.
Ashley Madison hackers respond
The site said it was given a contact email address for the hackers who call themselves the Impact Team, by a third party. The hackers replied with a message posted with the Ashley Madison data releases this week.
“We were in Avid Life Media a long time to understand and get everything,” the hackers said. “Nobody was watching. No security.”
David Kennedy, security consultant at TrustedSec said the latest download, released with the warning “Time’s Up!” looks like it’s authentic.
“We have explained the fraud, deceit and stupidity of ALM [Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid Life Media] and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data,” the hackers said in a statement.
Impact Team said it would publish names and nude photos of customers unless Ashley Madison and Established Men (another site that is owned by Avid Life Media) were taken down.
Cyber security experts said that data from the group appeared to be genuine. Tuesday’s release of information had customer details including US government officials, British civil servants and high level execs at European and North American companies.
Motherboard also reported that the hackers claimed they had 300 GB of employee emails and internals documents, as well as “tens of thousands of Ashley Madison user pictures”, and user messages from the site. Hackers released 10 GB of data on Tuesday this week.
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