Hackers today outed millions of cheating spouses using the Ashley Madison infidelity website by publishing all their personal details and sexual fantasies online.
The names, ages, addresses, phone numbers and credit card details of up to 37million users including 1.2million in the UK were revealed in a 9.7 gigabyte file called ‘Time’s Up!’ posted on the dark web.
Bankers, civil servants, UN peacekeepers and even Vatican employees have been outed by hackers from the Impact Team because they are considered ‘cheating dirtbags’.
The Ashley Madison website, which is known as the ‘Google of cheating’, has called the data breach ‘an act of criminality’ and the FBI is now investigating.
The site promises its members worldwide complete ‘anonymity’ and has the motto: ‘Life is short. Have an affair’ but hackers say they have exposed its members because they want it shut down.
Security experts said today the data breach will not only end marriages but could also leave people open to blackmail.
The dark web files released today shows the profile of every user, including their name, date of birth, home address, phone number, username and email address.
The hackers have previously claimed to have all profile pictures including naked shots.
Their sexual fantasies are also listed and also a description of the type of sexual partner they are looking to have an affair with.
A separate file also details credit card transactions.
The majority of the 37million users are married men.
Among the email addresses are ones from the British and US governments and armed forces, major companies including IBM and BAE Systems as well as institutions such as the Catholic church and universities including Harvard and Yale.
There are around 15,000 .mil addresses – the official US Military address – or .gov addresses, which is used by the US government.
The data released today appears to be genuine and exposes the infidelity of millions of people around the world.
But it appears that some profiles may have been set up maliciously.
A British civil servant told MailOnline today she was ‘heartbroken’ after being named by hackers as an Ashley Madison user.
The married woman said she must be the victim of a malicious enemy.
The woman is among 130 British government workers named by hackers today.
She said: ‘I’m absolutely heartbroken. I’m married and would never do something like this. It must be malicious. I never knew I had enemies’.
One Irish member working in local government, named today said he had set up an account.
He told MailOnline is married but was ‘inquisitive’ about meeting other women.
He said: ‘I did sign up but never used the account.
‘I’m a bit annoyed to be honest – I set it up with the intention of using it but was unable to access it due to work restrictions.
‘Now my details are all over the internet’.
One banker, who is named as working for Bank of America and outed on the site today, describes himself as having a ‘sex drive too high to handle’.
Setting out his sexual fantasies and explaining why he is cheating on his wife, he says: ‘I need someone who is more sexual. I need someone who is willing to try anything’.
One file on a member named as Rickie from Ontario admitted he was married but says he is looking for sex with a woman who is ‘good with her hands’ and likes ‘kinky fun, erotic movies and dressing up’.
Errata Security CEO Rob Graham, said he had counted more than 36 million accounts in the leak, although he believes that many appeared to be bogus.