We got on the dark web to see what the fuss was all about and we found a quite a few people on the site we know…or know of.
The hackers who hacked into the AshleyMadiso.com site have made good on their threat to release sensitive customer information from members of the cheating site. If you’r not familiar with the site, it’s a site that helps arrange for affairs in your city, so right about now there’s a lot of people scouring the web to see if their name pops up.
But get this, they say that roughly 15,000 of those accounts exposed have .gov and .mil extensions on their email! So let’s just say that many government and military officials may be in trouble very, very soon.
So how much information was released? Well a data dump, exactly 9.7 gigabytes in size, was posted on Tuesday to the dark web using an Onion address accessible only through the Tor browser. Now if you’re familiar with the dark web, then you already know why it’s called that, but the files appear to include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the social networking site, touted as the premier site for married individuals seeking partners for affairs.
Seven years worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are also part of the dump, going back to 2007. The data, which amounts to millions of payment transactions, includes names, street address, email address and amount paid, but not credit card numbers; instead it includes four digits for each transaction that may be the last four digits of the credit card or simply a transaction ID unique to each charge. AshleyMadison.com claimed to have nearly 40 million users at the time of the breach about a month ago, all apparently in the market for clandestine hookups.