Ashley Madison Hackers Publish Data With Hong Kong Emails Spotted

August 19, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (19-August-2015): Hackers who breached the servers of infidelity dating site Ashley Madison last month have allegedly followed up on their threat to post its user database.

Calling themselves the Impact Team, the hackers dumped almost 10 gigabytes of data in a file that includes credit card transactions, thousands of emails and personal data of users including everything from people’s names to their sexual fantasies.

“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison,” the hackers wrote, referring to the site’s parent company in Canada.

“We have explained the fraud, deceit and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation said yesterday that it is investigating the breach, as ALM lashed out at the hackers for hurting “innocent” people.

Ashley Madison Hackers Publish Data On Cheating Site With Hong Kong Emails Spotted

ALM said the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Ontario Provincial Police and the Toronto Police services are also involved in the investigation.

The data, which was uploaded in a raw text format and requires relatively sophisticated technical skills to browse, was quickly pored over by cybersecurity researchers and interested gawkers.

An analysis of the email database published by the hackers returned more than 10,000 “.hk” addresses, as well as nine official “gov.hk” email addresses. Governmental Ashley Madison users included employees of the Education Bureau, Social and Welfare Department, and the Legislative Council.

There were also hundreds of users with “.edu.hk” addresses, as well as 10 whose emails suggested they worked at one of the city’s many non-governmental organisations, including one Mensa member.

Credit card data released by the hackers showed more than 770 transactions in the last three years from users who listed their location as Hong Kong.