Ashley Madison

Ashley Madison, the website for those looking to have an affair, has been targeted by hackers who are threatening to expose the identities of more than 37 million cheaters if the website isn't shut down.

The website's parent company, Avid Life Media, confirmed the hack Monday morning and has since issued a couple of statements saying it has been able to "secure" its sites and "close the unauthorized access points."

"We were recently made aware of an attempt by an unauthorized party to gain access to our systems. We immediately launched a thorough investigation utilizing leading forensics experts and other security professionals to determine the origin, nature, and scope of this incident," the company said in its initial statement. "We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers' information.

"The current business world has proven to be one in which no company's online assets are safe from cyber-vandalism, with Avid Life Media being only the latest among many companies to have been attacked, despite investing in the latest privacy and security technologies," the statement continued. 

"We have always had the confidentiality of our customers' information foremost in our minds, and have had stringent security measures in place...At this time, we have been able to secure our sites, and close the unauthorized access points."

The hackers, who are calling themselves The Impact Team, claim they are most upset that Ashley Madison promised users they could delete their information, but apparently that isn't the case, according to Forbes.

"Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed," they write, per Forbes.

They're also looking for Avid Life Media to take down another website, Established Men.

The parent company later released an update about the breach, saying that it was able to remove all identifiable information about its users.

"...Our team has now successfully removed the posts related to this incident as well as all Personally Identifiable Information (PII) about our users published online," Avid Life Media wrote. "We have always had the confidentiality of our customers' information foremost in our minds and are pleased that the provisions included in the DMCA have been effective in addressing this matter."

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