A hacking group called The Impact Team made good this month on threats to leak the data previously made in July.
The hackers leaked the data to the so-called “dark Internet” saying that Avid Life Media of Toronto, Canada, the parent company of Ashley Madison, didn’t live up to promises to customers to keep their data “100% secure.”
The leaked data includes member profile information which includes salacious descriptions of wants, desires and sexual offers, as well as credit card purchase transaction data, which includes names and addresses, but no full credit card numbers.
A review of the data surfaced the identities of 40 people in the Alameda 94501 and 94502 area codes. Of those, the vast majority looked to be stereotypical male names; two appeared to be female names, and one male name matches that of a Hollywood actor, suggesting a pseudonym.
Action Alameda News is not publishing the names or other details of the identities reviewed.
In a media statement on August 18th, Avid Life media said, “Last month we were made aware of an attack to our systems. We immediately launched a full investigation utilizing independent forensic experts and other security professionals to assist with determining the origin, nature, and scope of this attack. Our investigation is still ongoing and we are simultaneously cooperating fully with law enforcement investigations, including by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police, the Toronto Police Services and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.
“We have now learned that the individual or individuals responsible for this attack claim to have released more of the stolen data. We are actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted online and will continue to devote significant resources to this effort. Furthermore, we will continue to put forth substantial efforts into removing any information unlawfully released to the public, as well as continuing to operate our business.”