"We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members.Now everyone gets to see their data." -- Erica Fink, Jose Pagliery, Charles Riley and Laurie Segall contributed to this report.The hack follows a similar event in March, when more than 3.5 million people's sexual preferences, fetishes and secrets were exposed after dating site Adult Friend Finder was hacked.Adult Friend Finder, which boasts 64 million members, claims to have "helped millions of people find traditional partners, swinger groups, threesomes, and a variety of other alternative partners." Included in the exposed personal information are customers' email addresses, usernames, passwords, birthdays and zip codes, in addition to their sexual preferences.It's widely reported to be a hot bed for scam artists who pose as women who want to have an affair.The scammers often post profile images of porn actresses to lure men.And when contacted, the scammers ask men to provide them with their credit card information to "verify" them. Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles," said the post.
Ashley Madison charges five credits per message, a minimum 20 credits for virtual gifts and 30 credits for a half-hour instant message session.
"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 hack attack was first revealed a month ago.
At that time hackers who called themselves the "Impact Team," said they would release "profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails," if the site was not shut down.
"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.