(Editor’s Note: 7/21/2017 – A Federal judge has pre-approved the settlement. However, a Nov. 20 hearing is schedule for “final approval”).
Ruby Life, Inc. (formerly Avid Life Media) has reached an agreement with plaintiffs to pay $11.2 million in order to settle class action lawsuits brought against the company after the massive Ashley Madison hack exposed personal details of more than 30 million users.
On July 19, 2015 a hacker organization calling itself “Impact Team” took over servers and computers owned by Avid Life Media with warnings that they had the entire list of Ashley Madison users and would release it if Avid Life Media didn’t close down the Ashley Madison Website and another called Established Men. Ashley Madison is a Website that encourages affairs. People sign up to meet other married people with the goal of having an affair. The sites weren’t shut down, so on August 17, 2015, the Impact Team released the entire database and details of all Ashley Madison users, creating a public embarrassment for not just Avid Life Media, but also for millions of users, some known public figures.
Along with the database, the hackers released the following statement:
“Times Up! 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 repercussions of the data release were huge. Sites popped up online allowing anyone to search email addresses to see if someone they knew had been using the service. Security concern warnings were issued over potential bribes and blackmail. The Toronto Police launched a massive investigation into the hack and the controversial CEO of Avid Life Media resigned. The company then changed its name to Ruby Life, Inc.
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The proposed $11.2 million class action lawsuit settlement must be approved by a court to become valid. Ruby Life, Inc. has denied it did anything wrong.
What do you think? Is it a fair settlement or did the owners of Ashley Madison get off easy? Let us know in the comments below.
A proposed $11.2 million class action lawsuit settlement has been reached over the 2015 Ashley Madison hack.