Canadian users launch a US$578 million class action lawsuit against Ashley Madison alleging ALM failed to protect the privacy of “many thousands of Canadians” whose names, emails, home addresses and message history were posted online by hackers for public viewing. The lead plaintiff in the suit is a disabled Ottawa widower. His lawyers said he joined the website “for a short time in search of companionship” after losing his wife of 30 years to breast cancer, but that he “never met anybody in person from the site.” Lawyers:
In many cases, the users paid an additional fee for the website to remove all of their user data, only to discover that the information was left intact and exposed.
The Impact Team uploads 9.7 gigabytes of Ashley Madison user data that includes member names, emails, phone numbers, credit card details, and sexual preferences.
Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data. Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters. Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.
The site’s owner, Avid Life Media, said its investigation into the breach is still ongoing.
This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities. The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.
The Hacker group Impact Team breaks into Ashley Madison’s dating website and threaten to release the private information of 37 million clients, including sexual fantasies and other personal information from the site’s database. Impact Team claim the attack is in response to a profile-erasure service Avid Life Media (the site’s parent company), offered for $19. The hackers claim that the company made $1.7 million in revenue last year on that service, which it alleges doesn’t actually scrub personal information. They also demand the closure of Established Men, another of website. The company does not provide information on how much data might have been compromised, and an Avid spokesperson said she couldn’t provide any more information at this time. Company:
We were recently made aware of an attempt by an unauthorized party to gain access to our systems. At this time, we have been able to secure our sites and close the unauthorized access points. We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating this criminal act.