Wired, Kim Zetter: For a site that touted itself as the premier cheating site for married people seeking partners for infidelity, Ashley Madison was relatively unknown until hackers broke into its servers and released more than 30 gigabytes of customer and company data this week, propelling it into the spotlight.
The site, owned by Canadian firm Avid Life Media, has been online since 2001 and claims to have about 4 million users, though that figure is almost certainly inflated, considering a former employee’s claim that the company paid her to create false female accounts to attract male customers.
After hackers who call themselves the Impact Team released their first big data dump from Ashley Madison and its parent company on Tuesday, journalists and others have been poring over it, exposing reality TV star Josh Duggar as a confirmed customer, as well as several unidentified government workers who accessed their Ashley Madison accounts from government IP addresses.
- Ashley Madison hack is not only real, it’s worse than we thought http://arstechnica.com/?p=726709
- Ashley Madison's hacked customer files posted online as per threat, say reports http://gu.com/p/4bjaj/stw
- Ashley Madison staff raised security concerns before hack http://gu.com/p/4bjq7/stw
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