Leaked emails from Avid Life Media CEO Noel Biderman reveal that a disgruntled user of the online cheating service Ashley Madison hacked hundreds of the site’s user accounts in 2012.
One such email from Biderman in October of 2012 details how one Ashley Madison user “hacked” multiple accounts and attempted to extort the company.
Yesterday a user of our site ‘hacked’ a number of accounts on Ashleymadison.com by running a script that would guess at their password,” Biderman wrote. “He then contacted us and attempted to extort free ‘credits/membership’ from us.”
Retaliating against Ashley Madison for allegedly creating fake female profiles, the hacker, who specifically targeted fellow users in Brazil, used the script to breach any account with the password “123456.”