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Today Ashley Madison, the website designed to help married people cheat, is on red alert, not because of a disgruntled spouse, but because they have been hit by hackers. Avid Life Media, Inc, the Toronto-based parent company, who also owns Cougar Life and Established Men, reported the hack on July 20th.
Ashley Madison's tag line is "Life is short. Have an affair," because they give people looking to cheat a safe haven to do just that. But people who have signed up for the site might be wondering if their profiles, fantasies and pictures are at risk along with their payment data. This may well be a valid concern considering the company has reported that some of the companies data was posted online but it has now been removed using the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Avid Life Media, Inc. also announced that they have secured their site. “At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points. We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act."
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People who are concerned can remove their profile from the site using the sites “paid-delete” option, which due to the hack is now being provided for free to all members.
This option scrubs the site of the member’s data, including their profile, pictures and emails sent an received via the site.
When they first realized that the site had been hacked and data compromised they hired a top IT security firm, and working with experts including Joel Eriksson, CTO, Cycura, who weighed in on the topic. “I have worked with leading companies around the world to secure their businesses. I have no doubt, based on the work I and my company are doing, Avid Life Media will continue to be a strong, secure business,” Eriksson said.
They are also working with law enforcement agencies to secure their networks and find the hackers.