Affair-promoting website hacked, users information may be made public

Ashley Madison's Korean web site is shown on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. Avid Life Media Inc., the parent company of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, said it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online. AP Photo

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – “Life is short. Have an affair.” That’s the slogan proudly proclaimed in ads by But users of the site may be sent running for their lives if hackers have their way.

Hackers claimed to have compromised the personal information of the website’s 37 million users. “Welcome to your worst (expletive) nightmare,” it says. “Close down your site, or else,” hackers posted to

Writer Brian Krebs broke the story on his security blog and says the hackers contacted him initially. He says the personal information from accounts of several thousand individuals was visible online for more than an hour and a half. “This was someone who had an axes to grind against the company,” Krebs says. “Probably a former employee.”

The information of the 37 million users is now in limbo. Family law attorney Regina Hunter says she sees divorce cases spring up from social media every day. The sources are commonly from Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, in addition to sites such as Ashley Madison and Adult Friend Finder. “A lot of it is, ‘It wasn’t me.’ People who are not ready to be divorced might not believe it was their spouse,” Hunter says.

Ashley Madison promotes affairs on billboards, web ads and commercials. “We have been able to secure our sites and close the unauthorized access points,” a statement on the site said Monday.

Even though the fate of the information of millions of users remains in limbo, Hunter offers this advice, “Many times these parties don’t want to get divorced. They don’t want to cheat on their spouse … But they have an addiction or something else going on in the background that needs to be addressed.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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