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.