It was definitely a person here that was not an employee but certainly had touched our technical services.” As if to support this theory, the message left behind by the attackers gives something of a shout out to ALM’s director of security.“Our one apology is to Mark Steele (Director of Security),” the manifesto reads.
Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber–terrorism will be held responsible.” “Avid Life Media has the utmost confidence in its business, and with the support of leading experts in IT security, including Joel Eriksson, CTO, Cycura, we will continue to be a leader in the services we provide.
“I have worked with leading companies around the world to secure their businesses.
For now, it appears the hackers have published a relatively small percentage of Ashley Madison user account data and are planning to publish more for each day the company stays online.
“Too bad for those men, they’re cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion,” the hackers continued.
“And given its business’s reliance on confidentiality, prospective Ashley Madison investors should hope it has sufficiently, er, girded its loins.” Update, a.m.
ET: ALM has released the following statement about this attack: “We were recently made aware of an attempt by an unauthorized party to gain access to our systems.
” Trevor Stokes, ALM’s chief technology officer, put his worst fears on the table: “Security,” he wrote.
“I would hate to see our systems hacked and/or the leak of personal information.” In the wake of the Adult Friend Finder breach, many wondered whether Ashley Madison would be next.
“You did everything you could, but nothing you could have done could have stopped this.” Several of the leaked internal documents indicate ALM was hyper aware of the risks of a data breach.
In a Microsoft Excel document that apparently served as a questionnaire for employees about challenges and risks facing the company, employees were asked “In what area would you hate to see something go wrong?
“We’re on the doorstep of [confirming] who we believe is the culprit, and unfortunately that may have triggered this mass publication,” Biderman said.