It looks like even hackers themselves possess some form of ethics and sanctity when it comes to marriage. For those who have not already heard, hackers have managed to infiltrate the Ashley Madison website on the 20 th July that created a viral frenzy. Especially since the website is supposedly protected with the ‘latest privacy and security technologies.’
Ashley Madison is owned by Avid Life Media (ALM), which prides itself for being the world’s leading website that provides the platform for married individuals to cheat on their partners (apparently a whopping 37 million members worth). The extramarital dating site is banned in Singapore and under scrutiny in the Philippines. ALM also owns a few other similar concept dating sites like Cougar Life and Established Men. All of which are quite literally an online playground for the infidel – If you get our drift.
These hackers on the other hand, are known as The Impact Team. Their main request is for ALM to shut down their ambiguous dating sites. Else sensitive information like their member’s credit card details, real names, addresses, emails, compromising pictures and in short, every incriminating detail the hackers could get their hands on will be published for the world to see.
For now, it is still unsure how much information The Impact Team has managed to get their hands on. In light of the situation, ALM has issued a statement to reassure its members and well, telling The Impact Team to ‘ try harder.’ Here are some snippets from the statement released:
‘We were recently made aware of an attempt by an unauthorized party to gain access to our systems. We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information.’
‘We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds, and have had stringent security measures in place, including working with leading IT vendors from around the world.’
‘At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points.’
‘Contrary to current media reports, and based on accusations posted online by a cyber criminal, the “paid-delete” option offered by AshleyMadison.com does in fact remove all information related to a member’s profile and communications activity.’
So the saga between ALM and The Impact Team looks set to continue. The last we checked (five minutes before this article went live), Ashley Maddison’s website is still up and boasting its iron-clad security system.
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / July 21, 2015 5:00PM GMT+8
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