A shitload of unfaithful men and women should be trembling right about now.
In case you missed it, Ashleymadison.com, a social network whose aim is made clear by its controversial tagline, "Life is short. Have an affair," was hacked last July 19 by a group called Impact Team.
The hackers, who clearly are not happy with the site's reason for existence and supposedly fraudulent activities, previously threatened to release the private records of its members if Avid Life Media, Ashleymadison.com's parent company, didn't pull the plug on the social network.
"Avid Life Media has been instructed to take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms. If ALM doesn't comply, we will release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails," the group said in a statement after the breach.
A month has passed and we're now hearing reports that they weren't bluffing. The group has apparently released the said information which can now be downloaded and viewed via the dark side of the Internet.
Here's a screenshot of some of the files:
Image via Gizmodo.com
The incriminating details released include names, addresses, and phone numbers of around 32 million users in just under 10 potentially relationship-destroying gigabytes of data.
"We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data … Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters," the group said in a statement after the release.
In other words, "we told you so."
We're hoping that you, dear readers, are not involved in this massive leak and keeping it loyal to whoever your special someone is. But just in case, here are seven things you shouldn't say if you've been caught red-handed.