Billed as an online dating service for people in a relationship (namely married) with the discretion-insinuating slogan "Life is short; have an affair," Ashley Madison has amassed over 37 million devoted users since its launch in 2001. According to recent data, the site generates over 124 million visits cheats per month — meaning the world around us is so very cruel indeed.

However, this cruel world also regularly engages in sudden acts of karma — as evidenced by Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media's statement on Monday. "We were recently made aware of an attempt by an unauthorized party to gain access to our systems," said Avid chief executive Noel Biderman."We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act." Biderman's statement comes after Bryan Krebs, an expert on such things, revealed that the Impact Team group of hackers had already started posting "large caches of data" from Ashley Madison users online.

The hackers are reportedly protesting Ashley Madison's controversial Full Delete feature, which Impact Team calls "a complete lie." The group is now threatening to release names, credit card information, and "secret sexual fantasy" details from the site's millions of surely terrified users.

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