“Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver.
“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.
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.
As the Wall Street Journal noted in a May 2015 brief titled “Risky Business for Ashley Madison.com,” the company had voiced plans for an initial public offering in London later this year with the hope of raising as much as $200 million.
“Given the breach at Adult Friend Finder, investors will have to think of hack attacks as a risk factor,” the WSJ wrote.“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?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.“We’re on the doorstep of [confirming] who we believe is the culprit, and unfortunately that may have triggered this mass publication,” Biderman said.