TORONTO -- A Canadian-owned dating website for married people seeking affairs says it has suffered a cyber attack after hackers claimed to have stolen confidential customer information and threatened to publish it unless the company is shut down.
Avid Life Media, which owns Toronto-based cheating site Ashley Madison.com, said Monday that it had taken steps to secure its sites.
The dating website for married people was breached in July by a hacker or hackers calling themselves the Impact Team.
Customer files and databases from the site were posted online Aug. None of this is dampening customer interest, the Toronto-based company said Monday.
In a statement emailed to media, Avid Life Media said in the past week alone "hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform — including 87,596 women."The number of women on the site has been at issue.
One of the reasons the Impact Team gave for breaching Ashley was that it was a scam, that there were almost no real women on the site.
Ashley Madison, which uses the slogan “Life is short.
Have an affair,” launched its website in South Korea on April 1, the claim says.
"We will release all customer records, profiles with all customers' secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails." Whoever hacked the sites claimed they did so to expose alleged lies Ashley Madison told customers about a service that allows members to erase profile information for a fee, Krebs reported.
Have an affair," claims it has more than 37 million anonymous members around the world.
While its site appeared to be working normally Monday morning, an online security blog, Krebs On Security.com, posted what appeared to be a screenshot of the site's homepage on Sunday bearing a message from those allegedly behind the hack. We have taken over all systems in the entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails," the message said, according to Krebs, before going on to demand that Ashley Madison, as well as another Avid Life Media site -- Established -- be shut down.
TORONTO — A dating website for married people seeking affairs is suing the government of South Korea after being blocked in that country over what it says are false allegations of illegal activity.
Ashley Madison filed the suit in federal court Wednesday through its Canadian parent company, Avid Life Media.