Ashley Madison Hack: Here's How to Find Out if Your Personal Info Was Leaked

Source: AP
Source: AP

The hacker group responsible for compromising users' personal information from Ashley Madison have finally made good on their promise to release that stolen data. 

As of Tuesday, the hackers posted online a nearly 10 gigabyte file of millions of records stolen during the July hack. The data includes profile information, financial records (including credit card information for some) and other personal information from some of the 40 million registered users on the site. 

The information is entirely accessible by anyone with the email address of a former or current user, by simply inputting the information into Ashley.cynic.al, a webpage the Impact Team created early Tuesday morning. When a user enters an email address associated with a former or current Ashley Madison account, that profile will appear, along with any additional personal information collected from the attack. 

The data site claims in one section there are 36 million accounts exposed in the dump, with 24 million of those revealing the email addresses verified to each account. The site also notes that while users may not be about to verify its authenticity, the data behind this collection was compiled by the same individual or group responsible for the Adobe leaked password checker, which exposed 150 million Adobe users' personal information. 

The release follows a July breach in Avid Life Media's servers when hackers claim they gained access to personal information from the site's 37 million users, including "customers' secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails."

The hackers released a warning statement along with the announcement, one portion of which read:

We are the Impact Team. We have taken over all systems in your entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails ... Shutting down AM [Ashley Madison] and EM [Established Men] will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more: We will release all customer-records, profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails. Avid Life Media will be liable for fraud and extreme harm to millions of users.

Already, people are using the data dump to input their emails, as well as their not-so-better halves, to reveal whether they are a part of the Ashley Madison hack. 

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