From staff reports
TRUSSVILLE — In contrast to the press release sent out last year stating 9 percent of 36,000 (about 3,200) alleged metro Birmingham users of AshleyMadison.com were Trussville residents, a search of one leaked database turned up less than 30 names of people who paid money to the website.
Additionally, the NBC 13 report said 43 percent of Birmingham “cheaters” were female. That seems to be an extreme overestimation according to the names released on one of the database search engines.
The list searched by The Tribune did not include any obvious female names with a Trussville zip code.
A hack into the website by a group calling themselves Impact Team put those who were signed up on the “cheater’s website” at risk to have their personal information posted online.
The dump includes the personal information of about 32 million users, and also provides information such as their names, email and street addresses, how much they have spent on the site and even what they are looking for in a potential cheating partner according to a Timemagazine story.
“Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles,” the post from Impact Team headlined “Time’s Up!” reads. “90-95% of the actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.”
Avid Life released a statement saying they are working with authorities in the U.S. and Canada.
“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities. We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world,” the statement reads.
Avid Life is offering a reward for the arrest of the hackers.
The validity of the list obtained by The Tribune has not been verfied.