Ashley Madison says full credit card numbers not taken in hack

Victor Barreiro Jr.
The following information on nearly 40 million users have been compromised: account details, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and login information

MANILA, Philippines – Avid Life Media, the company behind adultery website AshleyMadison.com, may have much to answer for in the coming days, following the release of nearly 10 gigabytes of stolen customer data.

One thing the company says its users won’t have to worry about, however, is their full credit card data being posted as a result of the hack.

Avid Life Media released a statement Wednesday, August 19, saying, “No current or past members’ full credit card numbers were stolen from Avid Life Media. Any statements to the contrary are false.”

According to the company, it “has never stored members’ full credit card numbers.”

The statement is a small consolation for the millions of users of the site whose information were compromised and posted on the dark web.

The data dump has led to the creation of sites that allow people to search for emails that may have been in the Ashley Madison database.

One certainty following the data dump is the death of anonymity for a good number of Ashley Madison’s nearly 40 million strong userbase.

Among the information compromised in the attack were account details, such as names, addresses, phone numbers, and login information.

Also included was payment transaction information dating back to 2007. Rappler.com

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Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.