Is Your Name In The Ashley Madison Hack? Here Are Some Easy Ways To Find Out

Tyler Durden's picture

One month ago, tens of millions of men (and a few million women) were shocked to learn that as clients of cheating website Ashley Madison, whose motto is "Life is short. Have an affair", all their supposedly confidential information including names, email addresses, credit card data, personal profiles and virtually everything else, had been hacked by a group calling itself the Impact Team, which threatened release of all the client information unless Ashley Madison shuts down. There was some hope that the hackers were merely posturing or bluffing, but to the utter horror of Ashley Madison's 37 million customers - and to the sheer delight of millions of divorce attorney around the globe - last night the Impact Team did just as it threatened it would, and released a data dump with all the data in the form of a 9.7GB torrent.

The hackers' demands was simple: take Ashley Madison and Established Men offline permanently in all forms, "or it would release all customer records, including profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails."

However, Avid Life Media, with visions of a lucrative Ashley Madison IPO still dancing in its head, decided to ignore the threats.

In retrospect this may have been a wrong move when last night, the Ashley Madison data trove made its way from the dark web where it had been circulating for the past month, to Bit Torrent, making the data available for the entire world.

The statement from Impact Team to Avid Life Media and Ashley Madison users was as follows:

Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.


Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world's biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.


Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you'll get over it.

Ashley Madison's owners promptly responded with a statement of their own late Tuesday, condemning the cyberattack and saying they are “actively monitoring and investigating this situation” while cooperating with law-enforcement authorities in the U.S. and Canada, where the company is headquartered. "This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities,” the statement reads. “We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world."

There were other amusing tangents:

We have attempted to verify that the people that appear in the records are actually Ashley Madison customers, reaching out to a dozen of them by phone, email and Facebook. Unsurprisingly, the people we’ve reached have not been eager to chat. After reviewing a file with Ashley Madison accounts that included names, sexual preferences, addresses and phone numbers, we called every number. Only one number worked, and it was for a woman who turned out to be the wife of Ashley Madison’s original founder, Darren Morgenson, who sold the company to Avid Life Media years ago. Morgenson said the spreadsheet dated back to the company’s early days and was essentially a list of dummy accounts that employees had used for “quality control and market research” on the site.

In any event, by this point the damage was done.

There was some hope among the dejected users that the data released was fake however as Bloomberg reports, "the data dump appears to be “legit” and includes full names, e-mail addresses, partial credit card data and dating preferences, according to Robert Graham, chief executive officer of Errata Security, a researcher in Atlanta."

Internet security website Krebs on Security confirms as much:

I’ve now spoken with three vouched sources who all have reported finding their information and last four digits of their credit card numbers in the leaked database. Also, it occurs to me that it’s been almost exactly 30 days since the original hack. Finally, all of the accounts created at for prior to the original breach appear to be in the leaked data set as well. 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.

So with confirmation of the data's legitimacy out of the way, the next and only question is who is on the list, and how credible is it. 

Recall that, as Wired notes, the data released by the hackers includes names, addresses and phone numbers submitted by users of the site, though it’s unclear if members provided legitimate details. A sampling of the data indicates that users likely provided random numbers and addresses, but files containing credit card transactions will yield real names and addresses, unless members of the site used anonymous pre-paid cards.

Wired further adds that according to one analysis of email addresses found in the data dump also shows that some 15,000 are .mil. or .gov addresses.

Further user-level details posted on the website, reveal numerous users who used their employer-given email address to register at the cheating website, likely in refutation of corporate guidelines, which likely means that many former Ashley Madison users now have professional problems to look forward to in addition to the potential personal humiliation of being exposed. Among the alleged users uncovered include many JPMorgan, Bank of America, blue chip and government employees including some such as this one:

Then again, it’s important to note that Ashley Madison’s sign-up process does not require verification of an email address to set up an account, so legitimate addresses might have been hijacked and used by some members of the site.

Which brings us to the final question: just who is on the list. Early attempts to parse the full data, and present it in an easily searchable database have so far been unsuccessful, which is why those AM users concerned about the embarrassment of seeing their data appear on the internet, are urged to go straight to the source and find out whether they have been compromised there. This can be accomplished by going to the ImpactTeam's torrent website where one can find the data in one of two places: here and here.


And, for the naive ones, one way is simply to put their email into the following database. It is unclear what the result will be except for indirectly admitting guilt and putting one's email in yet another database which can be used and abused by unknown people for their own ulterior motives. We would not recommend it.

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Catullus's picture

Checking every person in my sales heirarchy now...

Bank_sters's picture

HAHA.   You're a thinker. 


In other news, Bruce Jenner FREAKS ME THE FUCK OUT.   Ewww.  ICk.  He scares the shit outta my inner child.   

HonkyShogun's picture
HonkyShogun (not verified) Bank_sters Aug 19, 2015 8:04 AM

This is the funniest shit ever.

Money Counterfeiter's picture
Money Counterfeiter (not verified) HonkyShogun Aug 19, 2015 8:07 AM

Will there be a demographic break down of the client list?   Inquiring minds want to know.

SWRichmond's picture

Information like this is actually much more valuable to the revolution than other forms of civil disobedience.  By discrediting the power elite, more people are woken up from their slumber. 


Tom Servo's picture is a non existent domain, but I applaud the effort :)


Gohn Galt's picture

" is a non existent domain, but I applaud the effort :)"

correction. is an active and working domain

Ballin D's picture was found. However, the email address was not verified by the account owner, so this may not be a genuine account.

Creepy A. Cracker's picture

DAMN!!!  Creepy A. Cracker showed up on the list.  What's Mrs Cracker going to be yelling about this and will she have a butcher knife in her hand?...

CrazyCooter's picture

It could be worse - your spouse could be Asian. If mine was going to kill me, they would find my body stabbed to death with an oyster knife.

So ... she keeps me (mostly) in line and I am a better guy for it. :-)



New_Meat's picture

or Sicilian and facile with a straight razor.

sleigher's picture

So people actually used their real email addresses and didn't just make a throw away at gmail or something?

Not that I agree with AM or what they are doing.  I find it morally reprehensible.  But if people are so dumb to not just just make a throw away address then they deserve to be caught. 

astoriajoe's picture

It's more a question of did they use their real name with their real credit card.

divingengineer's picture

Of course they did.

You COULD pay cash for a TracPhone and Visa gift card to pay for your malfeasance. You COULD log in with a TOR browser or VPN to remain anonymous.

But when you got a blue-vein chubby for the neighbor's wife's profile, or the hot chick that IMs you out of nowhere, you just don't think of those things.  

New_Meat's picture

when all the blood drains from the big head to the little head, strange things happen.

SameAsItEverWas's picture

So people actually used their real email addresses and didn't just make a throw away at gmail or something  ... But if people are so dumb to not just just make a throw away address then they deserve to be caught. 

ummm.  so when's the last time you got a "throwaway" gmail addy?  maybe, just maybe, you can do that if you're not masking your IP address--but (real or phony IP both) Google always tells me they need a "cell" telephone number for their SMS confirmation code to open a new gmail account.

so for me to get a new "throwaway" gmail addy i'd need a new throwaway cellphone number.   and try getting one of those for free ... or something

P.S. Of course it's easy to get a throwaway email,  just not a gmail. And Ashley Madison wanted payment by V/MC.  Sure it could be anonymous, but it'd be a hassle to do so.

TheEndIsNear's picture

"Google always tells me they need a "cell" telephone number for their SMS confirmation code to open a new gmail account."

Wow, Google is getting more and more evil all the time. Years ago when I created my Gmail account all I needed to do was select an available Gmail address and password. No verification of anything, but that was shortly after Gmail was created.

snr-moment's picture

Also, how difficult would it be to cross check their hacked information with a compiled database of people who show up to search for themselves?  And who is dumb enough to use a credit card?

Ballin D's picture

You dont know if a search is for yourself or a nosy spouse or coworker or soemthing.

knukles's picture

So when he goes up for the manslaughter charge, he'll (yes, he's still a him) dye his hair blonde and start the dumb blonde crying defense and nobody in the world (except a jury of ZHers) would dare find him guilty, because he identifies with something or other, along with that white black crazy chick form the Oregon NAACP. 
I identity with being a billionaire, so where's my fucking money?

CrazyCooter's picture

Yellin isn't done yet. Give her a few more years. Then you can be a millionaire.

Oh, and because you don't have a complicated, international network of holding companies and a team of tax lawyers, the progressive tax rates are really going to suck.



cherry picker's picture

You were born with an empty wallet and it is still empty.  You may look like a poor representation of a billionaire with your Ferrari kit car with Volkswagen engine but you are still a poor working slob as your wallet is still empty.  I hope I didn't piss off the PC Crowd who recognize you as a billionaire while I refuse to do so, but what the hell, we are not all created equal.  :)

knukles's picture

Yeah, and that very same PC crowd told me to f-off with the money thing because it's needed for the FSA

Bullionaire's picture

"In other news, Bruce Jenner FREAKS ME THE FUCK OUT. Ewww. ICk. He scares the shit outta my inner child."

Here's the joke I've been telling:

Caitlyn dies and appears in front of St. Peter. It says, "Hi, I'm Caitlyn and Arthur Ashe says I'm a hero!" St. Peter checks his spreadsheet and replies, "Caitlyn? I don't know you." Caitlyn says, "But I embody diversity and tolerance, and so I'm a hero to millions of marginalized folks. I'm CAITLYN!" St. Peter checks again and says, " Caitlyn on the list." Finally it says, "Fine...I'm really Bruce Gender, US Olympic legend, American hero and idol of athletes everywhere." St. Peter says, " Ahhhhh...Bruce Gender, who decided that what God gave him wasn't good enough for him. Well, God has decided that YOU aren't good enough for HIM. Bye bye."

- flushing sound -

Slomotrainwreck's picture

This is the funniest shit ever.

Cancel! Cancel! cancel! cancel. cancel?... please cancel ... anybody?

dammitfucksumbitchshit why me? dammitfucksumbitchshit

clade7's picture

Ha!  Not a member of AM, after being faithfully married for 35+ yrs, I understand the appeal and the excitement of the thought though...

It would be nice to have some hot stinky sex with a willing partner other than myself.   I'm cheap and scared of germs, so bar hopping or these high dollar sites are out...that might be why I also drink alone, So I can take advantage of myself economically.

I do enjoy my own company mostly, but it would sure be nice to have some hot stinky sex with a woman now and then just to establish a baseline you know?...Lemme pull up Craigslist and have a look at the local market...

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) Catullus Aug 19, 2015 8:46 AM

Owners of the site are tribe members.

what a shocker!


MSimon's picture

Were. They sold out and left the bag with some one else. Smart folks. Which is why they are rich.

BLOTTO's picture

Hey - why dont they hack something really BIG - not just about tits and dicks.


Hack CERN, 9/11 files, Sandy Hook, Boston Smoke Bombing...SOMETHING HARDCORE and world altering damn it.

OldPhart's picture


Even though I've never been to that website, I certainly hope they spell my name right.

bamawatson's picture

as monica lewinsky said "the whole thing leaves a bad taste in my mouth"

konputa's picture

Fuck. Damn it knukles, you outted me.

divingengineer's picture

That reminds me, I have not seen hide nor hair of the Wookie lately. 

Wonder what its up to?

CuttingEdge's picture

Last I heard, she was at Pinewood Studios working on the new Star Wars trilogy - saves Disney a shitload in make-up costs when you can utilise the real thing.

Bill of Rights's picture

Dad why is your name on the internets?

JustObserving's picture

What happens on the internet, stays on the internet - forever.

firstdivision's picture

What does one do when they find your dad and mom on the list?

SumTing Wong's picture

Didn't ZH cover the story where the Polish man went to the brothel...and his wife was the prostitute he got paired with? Both partners were very angry with the other from what I remember.

Lumberjack's picture

Father's surprise: call-girl daughter


An Israeli couple are preparing to divorce after the man summoned a prostitute to his hotel room only to discover she was his daughter.

The tale of family turmoil began some months ago when the father, a businessman based in the city of Haifa, was sent by his company to a course in the resort of Eilat for four days.

The Israeli newspaper Ma'ariv reports that the man took advantage of the visit to summon a call girl to his room on his first night there.

And that was when everything started to go horribly wrong...

The Blank Stare's picture

My favorite is the 911 story. Wife calls husband who works at the Trade Center after the first plane hits. "Honey! Are you OK?" Yeah, of course! Why, what's going on?"

Wild Theories's picture

if it's your mom, tell your friends and charge $50 each for an introduction

if it's your dad, ask him for $100 per female friend of yours you bring home to introduce to him


the price is not an indication that mom is cheap, but dad is likely to be more desperate

Atomizer's picture

37 million people are dialing up a attorney. Serves them right, never be disloyal to your spouse. 

Wonder how many high profile names are on the list?

firstdivision's picture

Smart people used all fake information and used Visa gift cards to pay for the subscription.