Details of the 37 million people affected by the 2015 Ashley Madison hack, have been removed from a new data leak website.
The platform, known as the Distributed Denial of Secrets (DDS), was forced to take down the details obtained from the extramarital dating service after floods of criticism.
Also withdrawn from DDS was information from the 150,000 MuslimMatch.com profiles that suffered a breach in 2016.
The founders say the new site, which initially carried over one terabyte of data from historical high-profile leaks, is designed to capture data for future use by journalists and researchers before it is lost on the internet.
However, DDS immediately drew negative feedback. Joseph Cox, a journalist who specialises in covering data breaches, said to Cleveland19 News: “You should not be hosting the Ashley Madison hack. Ordinary people have killed themselves over this data.”
Further criticism expressed that making the information publicly available was pointless and harmful.
A spokesperson for DDS said they have taken the comments on board and will now only make the Ashley Madison data available to writers on request.
Ruben Buell, the president of Ashley Madison’s parent company, took part in a Q&A session at GDI London 2018 to talk about how the dating site has developed following since the events of 2015.
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