Divorce, shame and even suicide was the result of Impact’s July cyber attack.At least two deaths were linked to the leak, after police in Canada reported the victims had taken their own lives.A YEAR on from one of the most devastating cyber crimes in internet history, which wrecked marriages, the victims have told how the scandal changed their lives.
The hackers uploaded 9.7 gigabytes of data on Tuesday that appear to include member account details and log-ins for the social networking site, which exhorts prospective users, "Life is short.
Have an affair." magazine reported on Tuesday that credit card and other payment information are also part of the data dump.
"Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real names and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed." On Monday afternoon, the company defended the service, and also said it would make it free.
Avid Life Media also said that it had hired "one of the world's top IT security teams" to work on the breach.
The hackers called themselves the "Impact Team," and the potential release includes "profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails." In a statement, Avid Life Media, the parent company, said: "At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points.
We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act." Ashley Madison is a dating website, with one important twist: Instead of connecting eligible singles, it caters to married people interested in having an affair.
And now Channel 4 documentary makers have met the victims of the exposure, both site customers and their spurned partners.
At the time, millions of people were actively using Ashley Madison to embark on ‘discreet’ affairs with a low risk of their partner or spouse finding out.
“I'm trying to concentrate and I'm looking over and I'm seeing the names of business associates, business clients, friends of mine, people I had met on Ashley Madison contacting me and my heart sank.
“I had met and talked to quite a few of the gentleman - their wives were decimated and hurt and they wanted to talk.” The programme also exposes the lengths site creators went to, to make more cash.
That was a good day.” Jim and his wife are now divorced.