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Hackers release even more Ashley Madison material focused on Ireland and UK

Published 22/08/2015 | 02:30

Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman
Ashley Madison founder Noel Biderman

Hackers have released more personal data of those registered on cheating site Ashley Madison, sparking fresh fears among those who had registered for a secret affair.

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It's believed the latest information dump features even more data from alleged UK and Irish users.

A team of hackers calling themselves the 'Impact Group' claimed to break into the popular infidelity site last month, and 37 million registered users held their breaths.

The group offered the owners of the hook-up site, Avid Life Media (ALM), an ultimatum - either take down the site or they would post the details on the Dark Web.

When the owners refused, the hackers followed through on their promise and dumped a massive cache of user data on Tuesday.

In a second release, the group focused on the website's staff and architecture; however, another large swathe of user data was included.

Some of the data in the latest leak is said to be source code for the website, detailing how Ashley Madison is built and the security around it.

Reports suggest the latest leak included a message addressed to ALM CEO Noel Biderman, which read "Hey Noel, can you admit now it's real?"

Email addresses, credit card numbers, passwords, sexual preferences, names and home addresses were among the details released in the massive security breach.

Prominent

Yesterday the Irish Independent revealed a number of prominent individuals were among the 115,000 Irish people who had their information compromised.

Up to 14,000 email addresses were among the data. However, things could soon get worse for the nation's potential love rats as the latest data dump features more Irish information.

Up to 300 Irish university email addresses have already been implicated in the scandal with some 244 originating from Trinity College.

A number of "@rte.ie", "@gov.ie" and "@garda.ie" also appeared in the massive haul of data.

The new data dump comes as the first divorce proceedings in the UK, caused by the leak, were instigated.

Family law solicitor Nigel Shepard, a partner at law firm Mills and Reeve, has confirmed to UK media that he had been contacted by a married woman seeking advice after discovering her partner's details among the leaked accounts.

US news site Fusion is also reporting that one law firm in Oklahoma is already encouraging members of the public to join a class action lawsuit against ALM.

A number of websites who offered worried users the opportunity to check if their email addresses had been hacked have been removed under legal threats from ALM.

The company claims that these websites infringed on their copyright holdings.

Irish Independent

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