"Time's up" said hackers known as the Impact Team as they released personal information on the 32 million members of the renowned cheating website AshleyMadison.com.
Owners of the website confirm the site was "compromised" a month ago. The information released includes names, street addresses, email addresses and what may be the last four digits of customer's credit card numbers.
"What’s really interesting is that it seems to be a hack for moral purposes, instead of the target hack that we saw a couple years ago, which was for financial gain," says Computer Forensic Analyst, Eric Robi.
After analyzing the hack, Robi, President of Elluma Discovery says all Ashley Madison's users are now in danger of identity theft along with a personal fallout.
Approximately 15 million users have military or government email addresses. "There are email addresses to politicians who may be in congress, they're could be quite a fallout from that," Robi said.
Avid Life Media, owners of the website, released the following statement.
“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."
Sex Therapist Alexandra Katehakis says the website is a reflection of our society's needs. "I think affairs can sometimes be healthy, but there always the pain of the betrayal there. and they’re only healthy if people are able to repair, based this rebuilding of trust," Katehakis said.
And, for anyone worried that their names might be out there. Robi says there's a way to check and see. "You can go to a number of websites, enter your email and see if your information ahs been released," Robi said.
Robi mentioned the following websites could be helpful.
It is important to mention that not all the email addresses were actually verified, so they won't always lead to the person who actually registered on the site.
Also, the hackers say most of the female accounts were fake, so there's a good chance men who were looking for affairs on the website, never found a person to have them with.