Owner of online cheating site Ashley Madison releases a statement about the security breach that leaked user data to an unknown extent.
Avid Life Media Inc., owner of Ashley Madison, released a statement about the hacker attack on the site leaking user record and other proprietary data. As reported earlier, the online cheating site Ashley Madison fell victim to a hacker group that leaked user information and other data online. The group named The Impact Team is threatening to release more user data online.
The infidelity site Ashley Madison has over 37 million users. In the statement Avid Life Media apologizes for the security breach, but also says that no business is safe from cyber-vandalism and AshleyMadison.com being only the latest among many companies to have been attacked, despite investing in the latest privacy and security technologies.
Avid Life Media has been able to secure their sites, and close the unauthorized access points. The company is 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 says Avid Life Media.
The company hired cyber security firm Cycura to handle the situation. Joel Eriksson, CTO, Cycura says "I have worked with leading companies around the world to secure their businesses. I have no doubt, based on the work I and my company are doing, Avid Life Media will continue to be a strong, secure business," Eriksson said.
the statement is though leaving Ashley Madison users alone in dealing with the leak. It is still not clear how much and if any user data has been leaked. Brian Krebs says that snippets of account data have leaked. The security measurements have targeted download sites of the leaked data and shut them down.
Avid Live Media has sent out another statement an e-mail to the Washington Post that says that the situation is in the clear right now and all leaked data has been removed from the Internet.
“Following the earlier unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our system, Avid Life Media immediately engaged one of the world’s top IT security teams – with whom we have worked in the past – to take every possible step toward mitigating the attack.
“Using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident as well as all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about our users published online. We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds and are pleased that the provisions included in the DMCA have been effective in addressing this matter.”
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