Ashley Madison Hackers Post Stolen Data of 'Dirtbags'

This could get embarrassing for a lot of people very quickly
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 18, 2015 7:10 PM CDT
Updated Aug 19, 2015 6:16 AM CDT

(Newser) – The hackers behind last month's data breach of, one of the foremost websites for "married individuals seeking partners for affairs," have posted the stolen data online, Wired reports. The 9.7 gigabytes of information posted on the "dark web" seem to include account details, log-ins, and payment transactions for at least some of what the company claimed were 40 million users. As Gizmodo observes, "this should be very interesting." The hackers say they released the stolen data to show the "fraud, deceit, and stupidity" of and its users.

Ars Technica has downloaded the file and notes that while it does indeed appear to come from a "clandestine dating site," there's no definitive link to Ashley Madison. The company hasn't confirmed and says it is "actively monitoring" the situation. Gizmodo reports people are already finding "juicy gossip" amid the leaked data, including one person who turned up a plethora of British government email addresses. doesn't require email verification to create an account, so anyone could create one using someone else's name and email address. Still, expect divorce attorneys and blackmailers to take notice, notes Ars Technica. (Read more Ashley Madison stories.)

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