Ashley Madison offer $11 million to settle hacking claims

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

Ashley Madison, the online "dating" website for married people looking to have an affair, has a proposed settlement worth $11.2m with users exposed in the huge data breach it suffered back in 2015.

Formerly known as Avid Life Media, owner Ruby Corp denied any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $11.2m to compensate any losses of USA residents who used the website on or before 20 July, 2015 and can submit valid claims for losses incurred as a result of the data breach. Tens of thousands of government and military email addresses showed up on the list of Ashley Madison users.

The lawsuits allege that Ruby (formerly Avid Life Media) didn't implement adequate security practices.

In addition, the complainants say that the service "misrepresented that they had taken reasonable steps to ensure AshleyMadison.com was secure", and users were involved in the breach despite paying a fee to have their information permanently deleted from the website.

However, in July 2015 the site was breached, leading to the exposure of almost 36 million users' personal information including names, addresses, telephone numbers, credit or debit card numbers, email addresses, dates of birth, date of creation of accounts, last account update, account type, nickname, gender, ethnicity, sexual preferences, and relationship status.

According to Friday's settlement, users with valid claims can recoup up to $3,500 depending on how well they can document their losses attributable to the breach. It claims that the account credentials were not verified for accuracy and some may have been created using other individuals' information. The hackers, who called themselves "The Impact Team', said they planned to release real names, profiles, nude photos, credit card details and "secret sexual fantasies" unless the site was shut down".

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