Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'LOVE CHEATS' IN THE CITY, UN AND VATICAN EXPOSED; ?Hackers Reveal Sex Fantasies and Names of Adultery Website Customers 'My Sex Drive Is Too High to Handle, I Need Someone Who Is Willing to Try Anything'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'LOVE CHEATS' IN THE CITY, UN AND VATICAN EXPOSED; ?Hackers Reveal Sex Fantasies and Names of Adultery Website Customers 'My Sex Drive Is Too High to Handle, I Need Someone Who Is Willing to Try Anything'

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Byline: David Gardner in Los Angeles

HACKERS today claimed to have posted confidential details online about millions of customers with adultery website Ashley Madison, including information on "thousands" of UK users.

The FBI was urgently investigating the publication of about 9.7 gigabytes of data late last night on the "dark web" said to include names, addresses, emails, sexual fantasies, credit card details and the amounts paid by cheating husbands and wives across the world.

Users named appeared to include British civil servants, staff at some of the world's biggest banks, UN workers and even people with email addresses linked to the Vatican.

The release is particularly sensitive for the US-based company that promises complete "anonymity" to its customers worldwide at least 1.2 million of them in Britain. It was unclear whether all the details were legitimate because the site's sign-up procedure does not require verification and some users are thought to hide behind false identities.

The "Impact Team" cyber guerrilla group stole the data a month ago and vowed to make details of 37 million users public if the site was not shut down immediately.

The hackers claim Ashley Madison members should not have anonymity because they are "cheating dirtbags and deserve no such discretion". Impact Team wrote in a Continued on Page 7 Continued from Page 1 statement accompanying the massive post, referring to Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media: "We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.

"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.

"Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now but you'll get over it."

One banker apparently identified in the data says he has a "sex drive too high to handle". Explaining his sexual fantasies and why he is being unfaithful to his wife, he says: "I need someone who is more sexual. …

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