Hackers revealed Ashley Madison leaked data after hacking into the dating service website.
Ashley Madison is a dating service and social network created for married people who wish to have an extramarital affair. Hackers decided to expose unfaithful partners around the world by hacking into the private information of millions of people who use the Ashley Madison website to cheat on their partners.
Over 39 million members use the Ashley Madison dating platform in order to cheat on their partners. The website claims to be a facilitator of extramarital affairs and they believe they are the best website for cheating wives and husbands.
The hackers sent a public message explaining their actions and the motives behind them. They claim that they asked Ashley Madison’s owners to shut down the website and accused them of incompetence and deceit. The owners did not listen to their demands, so the hackers believed that exposing everyone’s information was the right thing to do.
Hackers were able to collect personal information from the website and soon decided to make it public. It didn’t take long before the web was populated by all kinds of services that allow users to search for a certain email address and see if it was linked to the website. Now anyone can have access to personal information that the Ashley Madison users posted on this dating website.
Trustify is a company that took advantage of the situation. Even though its main purpose is to help people connect with private investigators, Trustify has also launched a service that allows its customers to enter an email address in order to see if it is linked to the leaked information from the Ashley Madison website.
Trustify officials say many people are using their services in order to check certain email addresses. Suspicious spouses and Ashley Madison users opted for Trustify’s services. After finding links between the dating website and a certain email address, people often opt for the aid of a private investigator.
Other websites where people can see the leaked information include AshleyMadisonLeaked.com and HaveIBeenPwned.com. They work similarly and allow users to search for leaked information based on an email address.
Avid Life Media, the company behind the Ashley Madison website, have spoken to the public soon after the website was hacked. Even though, officials from the company say that credit card information was not hacked, the damage can’t be undone.
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