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Ashley Madison Data Release Dumps 9.7GB's Worth of User Info on Dark Web

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By    |   Wednesday, 19 Aug 2015 11:59 AM

The long-awaited Ashley Madison data release came Tuesday as hackers dumped some 9.7 gigabyte's worth of user information on the dark web.

The release included the personal information of an estimated 32 million users of the site created to facilitate extramarital affairs, Wired reported.

So far, the data can only be accessed through a Tor browser on the dark web, meaning the average person will have to do a little work to get to the information.

"Seven years' worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are also part of the dump, going back to 2007," Wired reported. "The data, which amounts to millions of payment transactions, includes names, street address, email address and amount paid, but not credit card numbers; instead it includes four digits for each transaction that may be the last four digits of the credit card or simply a transaction ID unique to each charge."

Impact Team, the hackers who claim they gained access to the cheating website, initially threatened to release the Ashley Madison user data, as well as info from its sister site Established Men, unless Toronto-based Avid Life Media shut down both sites, reported Time magazine.

Established Men is a website that brings together wealthy men and "young, beautiful women."

"Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles," read a note titled "Time's Up," which was posted along with the Ashley Madison information. "Ninety-95 percent of the actual users are male."

"Chances are your man signed up on the world's biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members . . . Now everyone gets to see their data," the post continued.

Avid Life Media released a statement condemning the release.

"This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality," the statement read, according to Wired. "It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities."

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