The Ashley Madison hackers have taken things to the next level

By Lindsay de Freitas
21 August 2015

The hackers behind the attack on cheating website AshleyMadison.com have taken things a step further by posting another 20 gigabytes of users’ data.

The hackers who call themselves the “Impact Team” have aimed their latest data dump at website CEO Noel Biderman. After successfully hacking the website in July, the hackers, who want to have the controversial website shut down, eventually made good on their threat by posting 9,7 gigabytes of website users’ data on Tuesday. The newest data dump of 20 gigabytes happened just yesterday and appears to be aimed directly at Biderman.
'The overwhelming amount of data released in the last three weeks is fake data'

The post which accompanied the data read, “Hey Noel, you can admit it's real now.”  Judging by the file names in the latest dump, the hackers are hitting out at the top executive. One file released in the hack has name noel.biderman.mail.7z, which is  likely a reference to Noel Biderman.

Canadian Noel Biderman who heads up AshleyMadison.com’s holding company Avid Life Media, initially called the hackers bluff. “I don't think they're going to release them. They have a better chance of selling on to someone else. They'll profit from this in a big way, especially with the size of this database.” Raja Bhatia, AshleyMadison.com’s chief technology officer, was quoted as saying that, “The overwhelming amount of data released in the last three weeks is fake data.” The public reaction of top company executives clearly angered the “Impact Team” causing them to retaliate in the worst way. Hilarious memes and digital mapping of the hacked data have flooded the internet in the past few days. A digital map of the world shows where the site users are from, with South Africa appearing to be being quite well-populated.

If you would like to check if your spouse was using the controversial website you can check at the below websites, listed in a Wired article. However, you need to be cautious when using these sites as data has yet to be verified.

http://www.trustify.info/check

https://ashley.cynic.al

Sources: motherboard.vice.com, fin24.com, dailymail.co.uk, wired.com

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