Infidelity website Ashley Madison's hackers say 'nobody was watching': report

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 21, 2015 6:58 PM

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hackers who stole a trove of sensitive data from said "nobody was watching" as they scoured the infidelity website and vowed to release more emails from its executives, online technology website Motherboard reported on Friday.

The tech website it was given a contact email address for the hackers, who call themselves the Impact Team, by an intermediary. The hackers replied with a message signed with the same signature and fingerprint, known as a PGP key, posted with the Ashley Madison data dumps this week, Motherboard said.

"We were in Avid Life Media a long time to understand and get everything," the website quoted the hackers as saying. "Nobody was watching. No security."

Reuters could not verify the authenticity of the release.

Representatives of Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media could not immediately be reached for comment.

Cyber security experts said data dumps on Tuesday and Thursday by the group appeared to be authentic. Tuesday's release had customer information that included U.S. government officials, British civil servants and high-level executives at European and North America corporations.

Motherboard reported that in its exchange with the hackers, they said they had 300 gigabytes of employee emails and internal documents, "tens of thousands of Ashley Madison users pictures" and user chat messages from the site. On Tuesday, hackers released 10 gigabytes of data.

(Reporting by Josephine Mason; Editing by Amran Abocar and Grant McCool)