More than 500 people from County Wexford have had their personal details leaked online after hackers published data belonging to users of controversial “cheating” website Ashley Madison.
The website, which uses the tagline “Life is short. Have an affair.”, was hacked last month by a group calling itself “The Impact Team.”
In July, “The Impact Team” threatened to release the personal data of millions of worldwide users if the website in question refused to shut itself down.
On Tuesday, over 60GB of data belonging to the website was leaked online; complete with member details and credit card transaction information. Since then, the data has been downloaded, sorted and analysed by a number of different websites.
Although many Ashley Madison members used false names and incorrect date of births, leaked payment information going back to 2008 includes credit card holder names, addresses and email addresses.
A preliminary look at some of the published location data reveals that over 500 people from County Wexford used their credit cards to pay for the service. This number excludes those who refused to pay and those who paid for the service via PayPal. It also excludes those living in rural areas; many of whom have not yet had their addresses mapped / grouped by some of the various websites that have been digesting the data.
A quick look at the location data shows that the Ashley Madison service was used by 140 people from Gorey, 131 people from New Ross, 93 people from Wexford and 81 people from Enniscorthy. The figure for Wexford may be higher, however, as there were inconsistencies in how the name of the town was represented on the map.