They said they would, and they did.
After firing a warning shot, hackers have sent a powerful message to the online cheating website Ashley Madison and its clients.
In addition to releasing 9.7 gigabytes of data – including addresses, phone numbers, and customer emails – they also released a statement aimed at users who are discovering their information has been made public in the attack.
“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” the hackers wrote, according to Wired. “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.”
“Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you,” they wrote. “Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.”
“Don’t try to cheat on your spouse.” That’s the lesson hackers are hoping to teach customers who have found their personal information exposed after seeking a clandestine relationship online. But given the fact that many of the email addresses uncovered appear to have .gov domains, “don’t use your work email” is probably a pretty good follow up lesson for would-be cheaters as well.