Reached by KrebsOnSecurity late Sunday evening, ALM Chief Executive Noel Biderman confirmed the hack, and said the company was “working diligently and feverishly” to take down ALM’s intellectual property. Indeed, in the short span of 30 minutes between that brief interview and the publication of this story, several of the Impact Team’s Web links were no longer responding. “We’re not denying this happened,” Biderman said. “Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.” [KrebsOnSecurity]
TWO MONTHS after AdultFriendFinder was hacked and online data of millions of users was stolen and leaked, Ashley Madison the online cheating site was invaded and confronted by hackers.
Avid Life Media (ALM) owns Ashley Madison and was covered in the Wall Street Journal, because of their plans for an IPO later in 2015.
Toronto-based Avid Life Media, which also owns CougarLife.com and EstablishedMen.com, said last month it plans an initial public offering in London this year with the hope of raising as much as $200 million. Given the breach at AdultFriendFinder, investors will have to think of hack attacks as a risk factor. And given its business’s reliance on confidentiality, prospective AshleyMadison investors should hope it has sufficiently, er, girded its loins. [Wall Street Journal]
There is nothing more frightening for someone having an affair than the thought of being discovered and exposed. Just remember that it’s a different outcome for women than it is for men. Women sometimes forgive, men usually walk. My piece on HuffPost about it, try this one, too.
“Well, Trevor, welcome to your worst fucking nightmare.” – Impact Team message after hack
“Trevor” refers to ALM’s chief technology officer, Trevor Stokes.