Hackers post data stolen from cheating website Ashley Madison

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Wednesday, August 19, 2015
The website that boasts "Life is short, have an affair" AshleyMadison.com has been hacked and the information released.

NEW YORK -- Data stolen from the infidelity website Ashley Madison has been posted online by hackers.

The hackers dumped the names, addresses and credit card information of 32 million users to a part of the web only available through a special browser called 'Tor'.

Ashley Madison is a site where married men and women set up extramarital affairs.

Detailed descriptions of what users were seeking was also posted.

Toronto-based Avid Life Media Inc., the parent company of Ashley Madison, hired a technology security firm after the site was hacked last month and users data was posted online. The company and law enforcement are investigating.

The breach was first reported by Brian Krebs of Krebs on Security, a website that focuses on cybersecurity.

Avid Life, which also operates matchmaking websites under the CougarLife and Established Men brands, says it has 40 million members around the world.

The Associated Press has contributed to this report.