New Ashley Madison Dump Includes CEO's Emails

This latest one is twice as big as the first
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 20, 2015 5:47 PM CDT
New Ashley Madison Dump Includes CEO's Emails
Hackers just released a second batch of data allegedly stolen from cheating website that appears to contain the emails of CEO Noel Biderman.   (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

The Ashley Madison hackers may have just leaked CEO Noel Biderman's emails as part of a much larger data dump today, Gizmodo reports. The majority of this newest leak, which is twice the size of the previous 10-gigabyte leak, appears to be the business and corporate emails of the Avid Life Media CEO, according to Ars Technica. Avid Life Media is the parent company of infidelity website Researchers believe this second data dump, which contained a note reading, "Hey Noel, you can admit it's real now," is legitimate. Motherboard reports people within the company had been trying to discredit the earlier leaked data, which included customer passwords, email addresses, and more.

In addition to Biderman's emails, the newest leaked data appears to include the source code for the Ashley Madison website and apps, along with more customer data. Researchers say the source code could let other hackers do even more damage. Gizmodo notes that this most-recent release also brings up the question of just how much stolen data the hackers still have. Hackers have previously stated they are attempting to punish Ashley Madison for its immoral business practices, as well as its cheating customers. USA Today reports the company is calling the hack "an act of criminality." (Click to read about one woman who discovered that her ex used the site.)

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