The AshleyMadison.com hackers have made good on their threat by leaking the private information of all its 37 million users on Tuesday.
As ENTmania! reported last month, the hackers, who call themselves the Impact Team, had warned the parent company of the adultery-promoting website to take it and sister site Established Men down or they will release the data. Up till today, Ashley Madison is still online.
The hackers released the 9.7 GB data – which contains everything from name to credit card info – on the black web, which you can only see if you have the required browser.
Below is a screenshot of the message the hackers included in the released data, courtesy of Wired:
In a long, bitter statement released on Tuesday, Avid Media, the company that owns Ashley Madison, said:
This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities. 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. We are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law.
The FBI has since confirmed that they are investigating the hack.