The information of millions of Ashley Madison customers was released online yesterday, after hackers accused the infidelity site of lying to its customers.
The personal data of the site’s users was first stolen a month ago by a team of hackers, who call themselves The Impact Team.
It now appears that the hackers have dumped the 9.7 GBs of data somewhere on the Dark Web, claiming to have released the names, addresses, credit card data and phone numbers of 32m users.
The message from the hackers says: “Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, desist and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”
The files are said to contain the details of government and military officials, people from the Vatican and other established organisations.
The news that the hackers had released the stolen user data spun Twitter into another Ashley Madison frenzy. The site’s name, along with the hashtag “#ashleymadisonhack” were trending throughout the day.
Yesterday, thousands of Twitter users took to the social media site to voice their own thoughts about the data release.
The social media site played host to a mixed bag of reactions to the latest event in Ashley Madison’s ongoing battle against the hackers.
Below, we have collected some of the most interesting Twitter reactions to the data release:
I’m sure there are millions of AshleyMadison users who wish it weren’t so, but there is every indication this dump is the real deal.
– briankrebs (@briankrebs) August 19, 2015
Infidelity website users must feel very betrayed. Oh the beauty of irony #ashleymadison
– Noor (@noorshaheryar) August 19, 2015
Nothing anybody put on Ashley Madison is any of my business.
– Ashley C. Ford (@iSmashFizzle) August 19, 2015
Gotta say, I really don’t understand the “serves them right” attitude that so many people on Twitter express regarding #AshleyMadison users.
– Frank Swain (@SciencePunk) August 19, 2015
The only people I feel sorry for in the Ashley Madison mess are the betrayed spouses and the children.
– Avi Woolf (@AviWoolf) August 19, 2015
im not in the super cool liberal club anyways, so ill just say re: ashley madison… you shouldn’t cheat on your spouse.
– Oliver Willis (@owillis) August 19, 2015
I feel kind of sick inside 4 #AshleyMadison hacked people. I am into fidelity & honesty but public shaming is like bringing back stockades.
– Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) August 19, 2015
Please don’t tweet any of my information from the Ashley Madison leak. My wives will be devastated.
– Ed Jefferson (@edjeff) August 18, 2015
If you’re a divorce lawyer you probably feel like a big fat cat in a box full of slow moving hamsters today. #AshleyMadison #feedingFrenzy
– Whitey McPrivilege (@yankeebrit77) August 19, 2015
I hope it’s just a coincidence that Kermit and Piggy ended their 40-year relationship shortly after #AshleyMadison was hacked.
– Brian Rush (@BrianRushNYC) August 5, 2015
For more information about the data release, click here.