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Hacked infidelity website Ashley Madison offers free profile deletion

Hacked infidelity website Ashley Madison offers free profile deletion
Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses, said that it was hacked and that the personal information of some of its users was posted online. (Lee Jin-man / Associated Press)

Extramarital dating site AshleyMadison.com is offering customers the option to delete their accounts for free in the wake of a data breach that could expose information on more than 30 million users.

Until the hack, users had to pay $19 to delete their account.

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In a prepared statement, the company said customer privacy is of the "utmost concern." Contrary to the hackers' claim that the site's "full delete" feature didn't actually delete user data from Ashley Madison's system, the company said the feature does remove all information related to a member's profile, include any messages and photos sent or received and billing information.


"The process involves a hard-delete of a requesting user's profile, including the removal of posted pictures and all messages sent to other system users' email boxes," the Toronto company said.

Details of the breach came to light Monday after a group of hackers called The Impact Team claimed responsibility for the hack. The group demanded that parent company Avid Life Media shut down Ashley Madison and a sister site, EstablishedMen.com.

As of Monday, Ashley Madison said the site had been secured and it had closed unauthorized access points.

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