IF YOU thought the 10GB dump of data from the Ashley Madison leak was already bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.
The hackers behind the initial security breach, known as the Impact Team, dumped another swathe of files overnight, but this time, it’s double the size of the debut dump, Motherboard reports.
Accompanied by a cheeky message to Avid Life Media’s CEO Noel Biderman, who owns and runs the extramarital dating site, the archive of files weigh in at just under 20GB.
“Hey Noel, you can admit it’s real now,” reads the hacker’s message that was posted on the same site as the first data breach.
But readers may not need to fear the onslaught of more embarrassing personal revelations just yet — it appears this time the hackers are targeting the organisation from within, including internal data and emails stolen from Biderman’s inbox. One file within the new data includes a folder titled “noel.biderman.mail”.
Various websites are attempting to verify and release information as uncovered files come to hand.
The previous leak released the personal details of 36 million users, including home addresses, credit card details, and sexual preferences.
“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality,” a statement from the website read.
“It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities.
“The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.
“We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world. We are continuing to fully cooperate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law.”