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Ashley Madison will pay $11.2 million to users for data breach

17 July 2017, 04:16 | Kelvin Horton

Ashley Madison will pay $11.2 million to users for data breach

The class-action lawsuit alleges Ashley Madison misled consumers about its security measures and had inadequate safeguards in place at the time of the cyberattack

Late last Friday, affairs and dating website Ashley Madison's parent company Ruby Life, formerly known as Avid Dating Life, said that an agreement has been reached between the firm and class action lawsuits brought against Ruby for the cybersecurity incident.

In July 2015, its systems were compromised and details of 33 million accounts were posted online.

PII: Customers whose personally identifiable information was released, due to the breach (up to $500 per individual).

This is the second time Ruby Corp has made a payout while denying liability.

According to the Federal Trade Commission, 19 million Ashley's Madison customers were based in the United States, while the remainder of its 36 million users were located in 45 other countries.

It may also be the case that previous users entitled to compensation simply want to lay the issue to rest and will not claim.


The next month, Ross ordered the plaintiffs to file a consolidated suit, which they did on June 3, 2016.

Touting the motto, "Life is short".

When adultery web site Ashley Madison was hacked the details of tens of thousands of Australians, who had registered in the hope of snagging an affair were exposed. It also said the data breach resulted in the release of account holders' personal information, including those who paid a fee to have their information deleted from the website.

Ashley Madison stayed open for business, and the Impact Team followed through on its threat.

The data included names, address, birth dates and sexual interests. In a separate blog, Errata Security Chief Executive Rob Graham said the information released included details such as users' height, weight and Global Positioning System coordinates.



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