It is an illegal action against the individual members of Ashley Madison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities," the company said in a statement.
"The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.
It's notable, however, that the cheating site, in using the secure hashing algorithm, surpassed many other victims of breaches we've seen over the years who never bothered to encrypt customer passwords."We’re so used to seeing cleartext and MD5 hashes," Graham says.
"It’s refreshing to see bcrypt actually being used."Here's how the hackers introduced the new data dump: Following the intrusion last month, the hackers, who called themselves the Impact Team, demanded that Avid Life Media, owner of Ashley and its companion site Established Men, take down the two sites.
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That wouldn't matter for the customers whose data had already been taken.
Any increased security would be too little too late for them.
Now they face the greatest fallout from the breach: public embarrassment, the wrath of angry partners who may have been victims of their cheating, possible blackmail and potential fraud from anyone who may now use the personal data and bank card information exposed in the data dump."Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men," Impact Team wrote in a statement accompanying the online dump Tuesday. Embarrassing now, but you'll get over it," they wrote.
"We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. It's important to note that Ashley Madison's sign-up process does not require verification of an email address to set up an account, so legitimate addresses might have been hijacked and used by some members of the site.