Hackers Release Bigger Batch of AshleyMadison Data, Wired Says

Hackers who infiltrated AshleyMadison.com, a website that facilitates hook-ups between would-be adulterers, have released what they say is a bigger batch of data on the site’s users, according to the site Wired.

The new tranche of data is about 20 Gigabytes in size, twice as big as the previous dump, Wired said. The data appears to include e-mail spools belonging to Noel Biderman, chief executive officer of AshleyMadison’s owner Avid Life Media Inc., according to Wired. One file is named noel.biderman.mail.7z, a possible reference to Biderman, Wired said.

Biderman didn’t immediately return phone and email requests for comment.

Earlier this week the hackers released data they say includes the personal details of more than 36 million AshleyMadison users.

The hackers, calling themselves the “Impact Team,” had previously released a ’’read-me’’ file with the data saying they posted the information because AshleyMadison hadn’t been taken down, as they originally demanded.

“Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles,” the hackers said in a note Tuesday. “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.”

Toronto-based Avid Life Media said in an earlier statement that it is “monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity” of the information and cooperating with investigations by Canadian police and the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Before the reported new data release, the company had declined to comment on the effect that the data dump might have on its plan to sell shares this year in London. That listing was proposed after an offering in Canada was shelved due to concerns among potential investors about Avid Life’s business. The company had pledged to do what it can to scrub the data from the Internet, though that may be difficult as links have proliferated.

The hack last month reduced traffic to the site by half, though it has since partly recovered, according to researcher SimilarWeb. AshleyMadison has seen an average of 2 million visitors daily since July 21, the day after the hack was revealed, down from 2.7 million in the previous three months, SimilarWeb said.

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