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'Leaked' files reveal existing security concerns at Ashley Madison

Margi Murphy | Aug. 24, 2015
"Leaked" Ashley Madison documents reveal the existing security concerns at the hacked extra-marital affair website.

In addition, details of what were claimed to be the website's Paypal email address and passwords as well as the corporate bank details were published online. This morning, its Paypal accounts had been suspended after it had been used too many times.

Floor plans, a full list of shareholders and details of a loan from the company in the name of founder Noel Biderman (to the value of $3,907,451) were also included in the leaked files.

Impact Team apologises

The impact team appear to have interacted with Mark Steele at some point, whether before or after the hack as it posted a personal apology to him in a text file within the leaked data.

They wrote: "Our one apology is to Mark Steele (Director of Security). You did everything you could, but nothing you could have done could have stopped this."

The group's sympathy was spared for Trevor Sykes however, as it also stated: "Trevor, ALM's CTO once said 'protection of personal information' was his biggest 'critical success factors' [sic] and 'I would hate to see our systems hacked and/or the leak of personal information'

"Well Trevor, welcome to your worst fucking nightmare."

One Cybersecurity expert Kandy Zakba warned users spreading links to the data online that the files were "a big scam, writing on Linkedin: "IMPORTANT ALERT! Ashley Madison Dump Files are for spreading Zero-days and RATs This is a big scam, When you do Torrent on Tor -- the Torrent protocol service will give away the Server and the Clients IP address. The people who are downloading this will be ID'd and it uses javascript so now they have a download that you allow on your machine that plants virus or 0-day, RAT, KeyLoggers or Banking software. anything you want."

On analysis of British users' details, Techworld found that almost all paying members of Ashley Madison were male at the time of the hack.


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