Cheating men and women using dating sites such as Ashley Madison are watching their backs as hackers threaten to release intimate information about them.
This personal information includes names, credit card details, sexual fantasies and nude photos of 37 million users which includes close to one million Australians and the hackers claim they will release it unless the site is shut down.
These hackers have stated “We are the Impact Team. We have taken over all systems in your entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records and emails.”
“Shutting down AM… will cost you, but non compliance will cost you more: We will release all customer records, profiles with all customer secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures and conversations and matching credit card details….”
Nick Klein, director of computer forensics company Klein and Co, told The Newsroom that users of the site have no possible way to stop their information from getting out.
“If the attacker’s threats are true, the information is probably out and there is probably not much that a customer could do,” Mr Klein said
“Data breaches are now a common occurrence and have affected a wide range of organisations, including huge technology companies and government departments that you would expect to be very secure. This should definitely be a warning that any information on any internet service is at potentially at risk of compromise.”
Mr Klein also said that with this information, these hackers can do so much more.
“The possibilities from here are varied and could be significant including publicly ‘outing’ customers of the website, possibly targeting celebrities and other public prominent figures and blackmailing and extortion of customers either for money or other benefits. – Ashleigh Stevenson
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