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article imageHackers upload 20GB more Ashley Madison data, possibly CEO emails

By James Walker     Aug 20, 2015 in Internet
Hackers have released another massive swathe of data gathered from the servers of cheating site AshleyMadison.com. The group, known as Impact Team, have followed 9.7GB of customer records with a 20GB data dump that may include emails to CEO Noel Biderman.
As before, the file is hosted on a hidden .onion address on the hidden side of the Internet that can only be accessed through the Tor web browser. It brings the total amount of released Ashley Madison data to just under 30 gigabytes of customer, internal and business records.
The new archive is headed by a message from Impact Team to Noel Biderman, CEO of the company that owns AshleyMadison.com, Avid Life Media. It says "Hey Noel, you can admit it's real now", a refute against the company's claims that the data is fake.
The 20GB of new files includes a compressed archive titled "noel.biderman.mail". At over 13.7GB on its own, it has been speculated that this could be the contents of Biderman's emails.
Other folders including "avid", design", "dev", "misc" and "mobile" suggest that this leak contains data primarily pertaining to the day-to-day running of the company and the software that powered its dating and cheating websites. A 3.4GB archive called "ashleymadison" may hold more sensitive customer data but the contents of the new dump have yet to be fully examined.
Two days ago, Impact Team deposited a 9.7-gigabyte database of customer records onto the Internet. It contained names, email addresses, street addresses, descriptions of what people were seeking in a partner, amounts paid in transactions and encrypted passwords. Online reactions have ranged from people highlighting accounts appearing to belong to government figures and politicians to those who have attempted to persuade others not to trawl the archives, saying it could devastate lives.
With 30GB of data uploaded in two days it has become clear that the attack on Ashley Madison isn't going to end quietly. Impact Team had warned Avid Life Media that it would begin releasing data when the company refused to take AshleyMadison.com and sister site EstablishedMen.com offline.
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