Ashley Madison customers are sweating bullets right now as the public waits to see whether or not hackers who stole customer information from the site are going to make it public.
Ashley Madison is the hook-up site for married people looking for affairs. In fact their slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair."
So, it's no surprise that the list of client info from Ashley Madison has caused such a stir. Is your spouse registered? Are there any famous or powerful people included?
A group of hackers known as The Impact Team reportedly attacked Ashley Madison to prove that, while the site charges $19.99 to delete your information, they keep it all anyway.
After the breach, Ashley Madison released a statement saying that they had taken care of the problem.
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The statement read, "We were recently made aware of an attempt by an unauthorized party to gain access to our systems. At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points."
The statment continued, "We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber terrorism will be held responsible."
Wow, cyber terrorism. That's pretty serious.
But, likely, victims of this crime are less upset at having their private information stolen than they are at the possibility of it being released to the public.
The kind of information stolen from Ashley Madison includes real names, addresses, credit card transactions, internal documents and even emails.
Ashley Madison is owned by Avid Life Media, the Toronto-based company that also owns CougarLife.com and EstablishedMen.com.
Do you think hackers should make public the information they stole from Ashley Madison? What if your spouse is on the list?