Until now, all that we have heard from the Ashley Madison hackers known as the "Impact Team" were statements embedded in their data leaks. Statements like: "We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone get to see their data."
So what's the fraud all about? We already knew that the team of hackers was upset about a feature called Full Delete that promised users a scrubbed profile, getting rid of credit card information, emails, addresses and other sensitive information.
But The Impact Team called Avid Life Media's (ALM) bluff, noting that Full Delete didn't do anything, despite its $19 price tag and ALM's $1.77 million profit off the feature.
Therefore, the Impact Team released data for more than 37 million Ashley Madison users, in an effort to shut down the site and company for good.
Outside of their own releases connected to the data dumps, nobody has connected with the Impact Team to hear the rest of their story, until now. Motherboard was given an email address to contact and thus the Impact Team has given its first interview.
Now we know that the very experienced hacking group has been collecting information on Ashley Madison for a few years, and that hacking the site was extremely easy with no security and "nothing to bypass."
Even worse, the hacking team might not be done. They have admitted to having lots more data including photos, chat logs and user messages. The group says they also have employee emails and questionable photos, but they will not release those.
Even worse than cheating and fraud, the hackers also say that human trafficking happens on Ashley Madison and claims that "Avid Life Media is like a drug dealer abusing addicts."
Want to read the whole interview? Click here to see it on Motherboard.