Cheat­ing web­site hacked

Con­fi­den­tial cus­tomer data stolen from Ash­ley Madi­son

Cape Breton Post - - NEWS -

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.

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