The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society." The hackers, who call themselves the Impact Team, demanded that Avid Life Media take down the site as well as the companion site Established Men.com, which "promises to connect beautiful young women with rich sugar daddies." The hackers didn't target Cougar Life.com, a sister site that promises to connect older women with younger men.
So far, though, it isn't easy to find the exposed cheaters online.
Tamsin Symthe, from Virginia, was one of those affected by the leak.
She is unmarried, but has always shunned traditional relationships in favour of affairs and ‘quick hook-ups’ – and says she met politicians, company CEOs and managers online.
“It took a long time before I stopped getting nauseous.
I had to physically withdraw from Ashley Madison until the hack.
Ashley Madison.com's owners claimed nearly 40 million users for the site and two related sites at the time of the breach last month.
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.That could change soon if the hackers decide to publish the information on a public website.Brian Krebs, the blogger who first reported the breach, said the hackers were threatening to release all Ashley Madison's customer records if the website isn't shut down.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.
Tamsin told the cameras: “Initially men are very hesitant to make the first move.