Thousands of Belfast users affected by adultery website leak

The Ashley Madison website
The Ashley Madison website

More than 8,000 would-be adulterers from Belfast are among those whose details are contained on the leaked database of an ‘infidelity’ website, it has emerged.

The information – from the Canada based Ashley Madison dating service – was stolen by hackers who threatened to release the information unless the website was taken down.

Figures published in The Times of London show that 999 registered users were from the Craigavon area and a further 976 in Lisburn.

Armagh and surrounding district had 552 while there were 306 people supposedly seeking ‘discreet’ encounters in Banbridge.

Launched in 2001, Ashley Madison claims to have over 40 million anonymous members worldwide and has the slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair”.

The service is marketed to people who are married or in a committed relationship.

It hit the headlines around the world earlier this summer when it emerged that details of more than 33 million accounts had been stolen from the website.

The Times revealed there are more than 1.3 million British profiles contained on the leaked database. The BBC reported that this stolen customer data had been leaked on the so-called ‘dark web’, meaning it is accessible only via encrypted browsers. The material allegedly posted included members accounts and credit card details.