Ashley Madison, the dating website for adulterers that promotes its clandestine services with the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair,” might not be so clandestine after all. The site has been hacked, leaving its millions of users fearful that their private data could be exposed publicly. The site, which promises its 37 million users “complete anonymity” while chasing their extramarital adventures, was targeted by a hackers group known only as “The Impact Group,” which claimed it had accessed “all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions” and were planning to publish the details unless the website goes offline. An insider in the hacking world, however, believes they will seek to profit from their hack and are planning to sell the data to the highest bidder. “I don’t think they’re going to release them. They have a better chance of selling on to someone else or to a ‘Blackcat Market’ on the ‘Deep Web’. They’ll profit from this in a big way, especially with the size of this database,” the insider – known only as ‘Vinnie’ – claimed. The website, which has users in 50 countries, confirmed the hack and was taken offline while its CEO said the company was working “feverishly” to take down users’ confidential information.
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