Cheating website hacked
Confidential customer data stolen from Ashley Madison
A Canadian-owned website for people seeking affairs was recovering from a cyberattack Monday after hackers stole confidential customer information, posted some of it online and threatened to publish all of it unless the company is shut down.
Avid Life Media, which owns Toronto-based cheating site AshleyMadison. com, called the attack an “act of cyberterrorism” and vowed to hold those behind the hack responsible for their actions.
“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” the company said in a statement. “We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds, and have had stringent security measures in place.”
Ashley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” claims it has more than 37 million members around the world.
While its site appeared to be working normally Monday morning, an online security blog, KrebsOnSecurity. com, posted what appeared to be a screenshot of the site’s home page late Sunday bearing a message from those allegedly behind the hack.
CP PHOTO Ashley Madison, a Canadian- owned dating website for married people seeking affairs says it has suffered a cyberattack after hackers claimed to have stolen confidential customer information and threatened to publish it unless the company is shut down.