Full Credit Card Details Not Released of Ashley Madison Customers
Last week, the information taken in the widespread Ashley Madison hack was finally released on the Internet. The hackers posted the data on a hidden area of the Internet known as the “dark web,” revealing personal details for 32 million users from the adultery website.
While some financial information was released in the data dump, such as the amount of money users spent on the website, the company that owns Ashley Madison said credit card information was not fully released.
“No current or past members’ full credit card numbers were stolen from Avid Life Media,” said the company in a statement on its website. “Any statements to the contrary are false. Avid Life Media has never stored members’ full credit card numbers.”
The data spans a total of seven years, and includes personal information for a variety of well-known individuals in the media and even some in the U.S. government. An estimated 15,000 emails in the dump were registered under .mil or .gov addresses.
Personal data such as names, street addresses and email addresses were issued as part of the data dump, but only the last four digits of the credit card numbers were revealed. Some transactions showed an ID number for the transaction itself with no reference to the payment method. Passwords were released, but they were encrypted. It appears as though Ashley Madison did what they could to protect the anonymity of their users, but it still wasn’t enough to avoid the probability of lawsuits to follow.