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Affair website Ashley Madison hacked and user data is now up for sale to the highest bidder

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Notorious adultery dating website Ashley Madison has undergone a major data leak as the result of being hacked. A team of hackers known as the Impact Team have claimed responsibility for an attack that meant the website was down for a prolonged period of time this morning.

The site, which is known in some circles as the Google of cheating, promotes infidelity through its' tagline "Life is short. Have an affair." The site has an estimated 37 million user accounts across the world including more than 1 million in the UK.

Hackers boasted that they had scored "all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions" which they are now planning to sell to the highest bidder. However, the company's customer service department were initially not willing to admit that any of the site's user data has been compromised.

The Impact Team have indicated that the way Ashley Madison charged users £15 for a "full" delete of their account was one of their main motivations for the hack. The group claimed that this feature is a "lie" as the company actually still holds onto a large amount of personal data despite claiming it is deleted and gone forever.

The company have defended themselves in that regard with a statement saying "Contrary to current media reports, and based on accusations posted online by a cyber criminal, the “paid-delete” option offered by AshleyMadison.com does in fact remove all information related to a member’s profile and communications activity." Any users that are sweating about their information will be glad to hear the site is waiving the delete fee saying "As our customers’ privacy is of the utmost concern to us, we are now offering our full-delete option free to any member, in light of today’s news".

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