The Ashley Madison case is not over. While revealing the clients’ names was only the first part that was revealed after the world-renewed hack, the next step is having pictures, chats and private messages thrown away for the internet to see. It looks like the hackers behind the incident are very adamant about revealing the entire “project” until the end.
The hackers, now widely known as The Impact Team, have maintained contact with the website Motherboard and have revealed their reasons via email. Ironically, they seem to want to be as “transparent” as possible.
Avid Life Media, the owners of Ashley Madison, asked the Impact Group what information they managed to extract from the site and they replied that they have around 300 GB of employee emails and documents, people who were working for and with Ashley Madison. They also mentioned that they had “tens of thousands” of Ashley Madison user pictures.
The Impact Group also mentioned that they would generally make no exceptions for anybody. One of their declarations mentioned that “one-in-three pictures are d**k pictures and we don’t dump”. They did mention, however, that they are not dumping “most employee emails, maybe some executives”. Why? Why are they hiding some info? Did these people help them hack?
When asked why they hacked the site, the group made it very clear that they were in Avid Life Media for a very long period of time so that they would understand how everything worked. They watched Ashley Madison grow as a business and how people were proud about the 37 million signups. But these were, according to them, blackmail users.
The Impact Group seems to have done it “for the greater good” since they seem to know that all the majority of users were fake, so they wanted to end the site’s popularity so that they would end a great lie and “stop the next 60 million” users.
In the meantime, a former employee of the website came forward and testified in court papers that she was asked to set up a great number of fake profiles of “attractive women” in order to make sure that more and more male subscribers joined Ashley Madison. While her intentions are not yet clear, they could signal two extremely important factors.
Either the woman actually was a member of the site and she realizes the implications of her actions, or she actually was told to create these sites, which proves how much of a scam Ashley Madison really was. These are both worrying outcomes.
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