The online cheating site Ashley Madison fell victim to a hacker group that leaked user information and other data online over the weekend. The group named The Impact Team has threatened to release more user data online.
Avid Life Media Inc., owner of the Ashley Madison site, has taken measures
to close the security hole and remove the leaked snippets of user records from the web. The potentially compromised 37 million users have now an option to have their profile completely deleted.
The profile deletion is usually a $19 paid service. The hackers took issue with this in their statement about the hack. Avid Life Media says
in an updates statement:
"Contrary to current media reports, and based on accusations posted online by a cyber criminal, the “paid-delete” option offered by AshleyMadison.com does in fact remove all information related to a member’s profile and communications activity. The process involves a hard-delete of a requesting user’s profile, including the removal of posted pictures and all messages sent to other system users’ email boxes. This option was developed due to specific member requests for just such a service, and designed based on their feedback."
The free full profile deletion is available to all members. It is not clear how many users will quit the site over the hacking. The user records are still most likely in the hands of the hackers and could be leaked any time.
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