Ashley Madison: Police captain takes own life after email address leaked from cheating website

I created this site ( as I believed that users should have the right to know if their email and data was compromised. Unfortunately I received a takedown notice from Avid Dating Life Media, Inc. so I'm forced to shut down this site; sorry for the inconvenience.

Avid Dating Life Media, Inc. pledged to do what it can to scrub the data from the Internet, though that may be difficult as download links have proliferated. The information is now available via the BitTorrent file-sharing technology, which means “it’s easily accessible and won’t disappear,” said Wulf Bolte, chief technology officer at German mobile security company mediaTest digital.

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By David Gilbert

Already a number of email addresses from employees at companies such as Amazon, Boeing and Sony; governments agencies in the UK, Canada and France; defence contractors like Raytheon and BAE Systems; and banks including JP Morgan, Bank of America and Citigroup were revealed in the leak.

A police captain took his own life days after his official email address was found among the massive data leak from cheating website Ashley Madison. The 25-year veteran of the City of San Antonio police department was one of three officials who saw their email addresses leaked as part of the huge information dump, though it remains unclear whether the man's suicide was directly linked to the Ashley Madison leak.

IBTimes UK has confirmed that the officer's email address was listed among the millions. However, as Ashley Madison doesn't require users to verify email addresses, it is impossible to say who used the address for certain. The suicide was first reported by the San Antonio Express News which doesn't identify the person in question and said it "wasn't clear whether his death had anything to do with the leak".

Hackers known as the Impact Team released the private details of over 36 million customers of the cheating website on Sunday, 16 August. In subsequent days the private details of millions of people were publicized around the world including details of how much they paid to subscribe to the website and even their sexual fantasies.

According to data from the leaked Ashley Madison customer database, there are 99,157 accounts located in the City of San Antonio in Texas which has a population of 1.4 million, making it the 14th biggest city in the world in terms of accounts on the affairs website. Three of those accounts had official government email addresses ( Two of those accounts are said to be linked to members of the San Antonia police department (a detective and the captain who died by suicide), while the third email address is said to have belonged to a former city employee.

A statement from city officials said because Ashley Madison doesn't verify email addresses it "cannot confirm whether these addresses were legitimately used to access the site." The statement goes on to say: "The City does use internet filters to block access to various websites, including the Ashley Madison site, which has been blocked for some time from City employees."

The fallout from the Ashley Madison leak continues with the hackers posting a second data dump on Friday which contains a huge amount of private emails from the site's co-founder Noel Biderman.

In their first interview, the hackers told Motherboard they still had a huge amount of data which was yet to be released, including 300GB of employee emails and documents from Avid Life Media's internal network. It said that while it won't be publishing most employee emails, it may decide to publish those belonging to other executives.

Even more worrying for customers of the cheating website, the hackers say they have "tens of thousands of Ashley Madison user pictures [and] some Ashley Madison user chats and messages". The hackers said that one third of the images were pictures of customers' penises and it wouldn't be publishing these.

The identity of the hackers remains a mystery, but Avid Life Media (ALM), the parent company of Ashley Madison, believes that at least one of the hackers has had access to its systems previously, though not as a permanent employee. In their interview with Motherboard, the hackers compared ALM to "drug dealers abusing addicts" and said it published the private customer data to stop the next 60 million people from signing up to the website.

When asked if they were planning to attack any other websites, the hackers warned that it was not only companies that were at risk: "Any companies that make 100s of millions profiting off pain of others, secrets, and lies. Maybe corrupt politicians. If we do, it will be a long time, but it will be total."

The revelation of the data theft last month cut traffic to the site by half, though it has since partly recovered, according to researcher SimilarWeb.

AshleyMadison has seen an average of 2 million visitors daily since July 21, the day after the hack was revealed, down from 2.7 million in the previous three months, SimilarWeb said.

“This hack permanently destroys the perception that AshleyMadison can maintain users’ confidentiality,” said Robert Arandjelovic, a director of Blue Coat Systems, a technology consultancy in Munich. “It’s like doing business with a bank that’s been robbed 25 times in the past year; this has a huge impact on the customer base.”

You can download the data released by the Impact Team through a BitTorrent client such as qBittorrent. The dumped data from Avid Life Media can then be downloaded from a torrent tracking website, or by clicking on this magnet link which should automatically open in your preferred BitTorrent program.

It is advisable to be very sure of what you are doing when visiting torrent websites and downloading files, as this particular download may be attracting the attention of cybercriminals who will upload fakes riddled with malware.

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