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Seven years worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are also part of the dump.

Ashley claimed to have nearly 40 million users at the time of the breach about a month ago, all apparently in the market for clandestine hookups."Ashley Madison is the most famous name in infidelity and married dating," the site asserts on its homepage. Thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands signup everyday looking for an affair....

Still, on Monday, the website waived its deletion fee for all members.

The breach, and the hackers complaints about the data policy, was first reported on Sunday by Brian Krebs, a reporter who covers online security.

The company behind Ashley Madison, a popular online dating service marketed to people trying to cheat on their spouses, said on Monday that the site had been breached by hackers who may have obtained personal data about the service’s millions of members.

The group of hackers behind the attack, going by the name Impact Team, said they had stolen information on the 37 million members of Ashley Madison.

To prevent the data from being released, the hackers said, the company needed to shut down the site entirely.

The hackers promised to release the real names, passwords and financial transactions of members if Ashley Madison did not meet that demand.

"I'm looking for someone who isn't happy at home or just bored and looking for some excitement," wrote one member who provided an address in Ottawa and the name and phone number of someone who works for the Customs and Immigration Union in Canada.

Anyone 18 or older can join the free site discreetly, using a pseudonym.

There, the users can list turn-ons and sexual preferences.

The hacking is one in a string aimed at corporations, such as one against Sony in 2014 and another against Target the year before — a trend that security experts say is growing.

In May, the sexual preferences of users of Adult Friend Finder, another dating website, were leaked online after a breach.“I think we’re going to see more of it as people see how effective it is,” said Bruce Schneier, chief technology officer for Resilient Systems, a security company, said of the Ashley Madison breach.

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