Adultery dating service ashley madison
We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act." Ashley Madison is a dating website, with one important twist: Instead of connecting eligible singles, it caters to married people interested in having an affair.
The site claims to have 37 million members, and has in the past bragged about its data security. After all, its databases have enormous potential for use in blackmail schemes.
And its Canadian-based parent company said it will no longer use female "bots" or automated programs that respond to members pretending to be women on the hunt for men.
A statement Monday from Avid Life Media, the parent firm of Ashley Madison, announced "a new direction and total repositioning" of the service.
"Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real names and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed." On Monday afternoon, the company defended the service, and also said it would make it free.
Some media reports after last year's hack claimed that many of the female members on Ashley Madison were in fact bots that gave the impression there were more women on the site.
Last year, a hacker group released what was said to be personal data on more than 30 million members of Ashley Madison.
“Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms," said The Impact Team in a statement seen by Krebs On Security.
If their demands are not met, the hackers are threatening to "release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails”.
The controversial online dating company, which has 37.5m users – including 1.2m Britons – carries the tagline: “Life Is Short. The service is founded on confidentiality and privacy, claiming to be a "100pc discreet service" and boasting a "Trusted Security Award" on its homepage.