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

18 July, 2017, 02:14 | Author: Oscar Goodwin
  • Ruby Corp and Plaintiffs Reach Proposed Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Ashley Madison Data Breach

When Ashley Madison did not comply, the data and information relating to over 37 million global users was dumped onto the internet.

The owner of the Ashley Madison adultery website said on Friday it has agreed to pay $11.2 million to settle USA litigation over a 2015 data breach that exposed personal details of millions of users.

Reuters reported that the litigation was brought "on behalf of roughly 37 million users whose personal details were exposed in a July 2015 data breach".

It's been nearly two years since extramarital affair website Ashley Madison was hacked and had its members' details exposed online.

It says more information about the settlement and claims process will be released if the proposed deal is approved.

Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media, now Ruby Corporation, admitted no wrongdoing under terms of the accord. At the time of the hack, even the personal information of past users who had paid the $19 required to delete their account and scrub their information from the website was exposed. 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".

What's more, members who were victims of identity theft as a result of the breach can get up to $2,000 to recover, on a dollar-per-dollar basis, money lost because of that breach. It will pay for, among other things, "payments to settlement class members who submit valid claims for alleged losses resulting from the data breach and alleged misrepresentations as described further in the proposed settlement agreement".

While the above incidents are quite tragic, it appears that problems for Ashley Madison aren't quite over.

A settlement hearing has been set for July 21 before US District Judge John Ross in the Eastern District of Missouri.

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