The website for married people, whose motto is “life is short, have an affair”, was run by Toronto, Canada-based Avid Life Media.
Ashley Madison could not be reached for comment.
Eight people across the US who registered to use Ashley Madison are suing the cheating website after it was hacked.
Evans also warned the public of the “enormous social fallout” of the hack, saying that leaked information could damage families and personal relationships. Toronto authorities have issued a warning against possible scams and extortion of the site’s users who desperately want to keep their infidelity under wraps, according to Reuters.
Hollywood celebs, members of the British Parliament, lawyers, journalists, college professors, military officials, federal employees and judges etc were on the list of exposed users.
Mr Evans said employees were met by a message from the hackers, calling themselves The Impact Team, which was accompanied by music – AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck“.
One of Biderman’s emails, sent from Ashley Madison’s CTO Raja Bhatia, stated how Ashley Madison hacked Nerve.com, an online magazine dedicated to sexual culture, when it was experimenting with its own dating site, the New York Daily News reported. The lawsuits have a common complaint that the company failed to take the right steps which should have been taken in order to ensure that the users’ privacy was protected which also included many who paid specially to keep their personal details deleted from the system.
With an email, Bhatia told Biderman: “They [nerve.com] did a very lousy job building their platform”. This part of the Internet isn’t as easily accessed as the mainstream Web, and it is generally hailed as the “internet black market”, according to the website.
The hackers said they released the data because Avid Life has refused to shut down both Ashley Madison and another site called Established Men.
ALM may have extended some efforts in catching the culprits, but it’s undeniable that a security breach happened, which revealed 33 million accounts – including names, street addresses, phone numbers and credit card information – and 36 million email addresses.
“I keep seeing that headline, but I’m bad – I don’t know what it is”, he confessed to a Washington Post reporter when he was asked about the hack of the risqué website, which exposed the contact information of millions of its users.