PERSONAL data from 35,000 Malaga residents has been published in the Ashley Madison hacking scandal. The dating website, which encourages married couples to engage in affairs by recruiting members who are looking for extra marital relationships, was hacked in July by a group called Impact Team, according to tech specialist magazine Wired.
The hackers posted the emails and telephone numbers of 37 million members from 48 different countries on the internet. Now, the Spanish company Technologica has created a map which shows the location of the 50,000 municipalities around the world in which the users live. Results indicate that 35,000 of Ashley Madison users are resident in 103 municipalities in Malaga Province, with 85 per cent of Malaga members being men.
Nevertheless, Madrid is the city with the largest number of the website’s users, having 135,294 members registered, twice more than Barcelona. Sevilla’s figures include 25,053 members and within Malaga Province itself, 16,067 users live in Malaga city with 4,000 resident in Marbella and 2,408 in Mijas. Other figures include Vélez-Málaga 1,542, Benalmádena 1,402, Torremolinos 1,328, Estepona 1,239,
Antequera 853, Ronda 732 and Alhaurin de la Torre 584.
The interactive map allows one to zoom in on a particular locality and click to see the number of users, although it only works where there are at least 10 members registered in the area.
Initially the hacking group stole the data and threatened to publish it unless the dating site was closed down. The agency’s owners, Avid Life Media immediately employed an IT security company to deal with the hackers. The company have promised that they will do everything in their power to identify the perpetrators and have called the security breach an act of “cyberterrorism.”
The dating agency opened in 2001, advertising their services using the slogan, “Life is short. Take a lover.”