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Ashley Madison ‘like a drug dealer abusing addicts’, say hackers

The Ashley Madison hack is undoubtedly the biggest web security news story of the year so far.

But the perpetrators behind the data dumps that reveal millions of users signed up to the affair-facilitating dating website have remained enigmatic, until now.

Vice has seemingly managed to obtain an e-mail interview with the infamous Impact Team, giving us our first real look at the architects of the Ashley Madison compromise.

The first order of questioning – what was Ashley Madison’s security like?

“Bad. Nobody was watching. No security. Only thing was segmented network. You could use Pass1234 from the internet to VPN to root on all servers,” explains the Impact Team in the report.

We’ve already seen three large file dumps so far, but the Impact Team apparently has plenty more to dish out in its digital data coffers.

“300GB of employee emails and docs from internal network. Tens of thousands of Ashley Madison user pictures,” says the anonymous interviewee. “Some Ashley Madison user chats and messages. ⅓ of pictures are dick pictures and we won’t dump. Not dumping most employee emails either. Maybe other executives.”

The group went on to explain its motivations for the hack:

“We were in Avid Life Media a long time to understand and get everything. Finally we watched Ashley Madison signups growing and human trafficking on the sites. Everyone is saying 37 million! Blackmail users! We didn’t blackmail users. Avid Life Media blackmailed them. But any hacking team could have. We did it to stop the next 60 million. Avid Life Media is like a drug dealer abusing its addicts. They make $100,000,000 in fraud a year.”

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But is Ashley Madison the end of the road for the Impact Team? Not likely. The mysterious group suggested it may carry out more attacks on other targets.

“Not just sites. Any companies that make 100s of millions profiting off pain of others, secrets, and lies. Maybe corrupt politicians. If we do, it will be a long time, but it will be total,” says the Impact Team representative.

Do you think the Impact Team are doing us all a favour or not? Tell us your thoughts in the comments.

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