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The release of source code is also problematic for another reason—it exposes the company's intellectual property to anyone who wants to design a similar business.For a company that had hoped to raise 0 million for an IPO on the London Stock Exchange this fall, that's a potentially big blow."With this second data dump, I believe Impact Team wants to destroy Ashley Madison and Avid Life Media," says Per Thorsheim, a security researcher in Norway who has been analyzing the data. In an interview with Motherboard, the hackers said they have 300 GB of employee emails in their possession, plus tens of thousands of Ashley Madison user pictures as well as user messages."1/3 of pictures are dick pictures and we won't dump," they told Motherboard. Maybe other executives."None of this bodes well for other companies who may engage in practices that hackers don't like.For that minimum price, you got 100 credits, which were redeemed each time you read a message, at five credits per message, or for other activities.For 30 credits, you got a 30-minute chat session with potential sex partners.This kind of attack targets a vulnerability in a software application running on the site in order to cause the site's backend SQL databases to spill their data. You could use Pass1234 from the internet to VPN to root on all servers."In an initial interview after the breach was first reported in July, Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman suggested the perpetrator may have been a former contractor or someone else who had legitimate access to the company’s networks at one time."We’re on the doorstep of [confirming] who we believe is the culprit,..." Biderman told Krebson Security last month.
"And they might be able to match semantic patterns with other writing patterns found online." He notes in particular that among the documents the hackers released were a couple of 'zines, including one written in Polish, for which the hackers also supplied a rough translation that was likely run through Google translate."The more information you put out, the more patterns can be detected," Cabetas says.After hackers who call themselves the Impact Team released their first big data dump from Ashley Madison and its parent company on Tuesday, journalists and others have been poring over it, exposing reality TV star Josh Duggar as a confirmed customer, as well as several unidentified government workers who accessed their Ashley Madison accounts from government IP addresses.But the latest dump, released Thursday and today, could prove to be more embarrassing and harmful to Ashley Madison's business than its customers.It's also interesting to note that the compressed files released Tuesday had already been prepared for distribution a month ago, when the Impact Team made their initial threat to release data if ALM didn't take down Ashley and another site it owns, Exceptional The Read Me file that accompanied the data dump this week, for example, has a July 19 timestamp."It looks to me that they got everything together on July 19 but didn't release it until a month later, if we are to believe the timestamps," says Erik Cabetas of Include Security, who wrote an analysis about the metadata in the files.
But other files released yesterday include some 73 git repositories exposing what appears to be source code for the Ashley Madison web site and mobile property.