The plight of Ashley Madison’s millions of users was fodder for comedians, both professional and amateur, on Twitter Monday after it was announced the users’ personal data had been stolen by hackers.
The news broke overnight Sunday after it was revealed that hacking group The Impact Team had stolen the data of the Toronto-based cheating website’s 37 million users.
It threatened to release the data unless AshleyMadison.com and EstablishedMen.com were shut down.
Avid Life Media, the parent company of Ashley Madison, released a statement Monday saying it had taken steps to remove all the identifying information that had been posted online and that it takes the “confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds.”
But the threat of the information being leaked was enough to send Twitter abuzz with speculation.
AshleyMadison.com has 37 million anonymous members, and is headquartered in Toronto.