Ashley Madison Reaches Proposed Settlement with Exposed Users

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The site, which used the slogan "Life is short, have an affair", was infamously hacked in 2015, lost millions of users' records, prompting a denial from Conservative MP listed in the trove and prompting face-palms-a-plenty from infosec experts who quickly found basic security mistakes on the site.

A couple years ago, Ashley Madison, an online dating site that is marketed to people who are in relationships, experienced a data breach, that would eventually result in 32 million users having their information exposed.

Formerly known as Avid Life Media, owner Ruby Corp denied any wrongdoing, but agreed to pay $11.2m to compensate any losses of United States 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.

Lawsuits against the company alleged that Ashley Madison used inadequate data security practices and failed to protect user information, a serious issue especially concerning the nature of the service.

Despite this, the consolidated class-action complaints alleged that Avid Life (now Ruby) misrepresented that they had taken reasonable steps to ensure AshleyMadison.com was secure.

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Sensitive information, including photographs and "sexual fantasies", was leaked.

According to Ruby, compensation will be made available to "settlement class members who submit valid claims for alleged losses resulting from the data breach and alleged misrepresentations".

Under Friday's deal, users with valid claims can regain up to $US3500.

The company states that credentials breached were "not verified for accuracy during this timeframe and accounts may have been created using other individuals' information". Meaning that even if a person's name did appear in the data dump, they might not have been an Ashley Madison member, apparently.

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