Now the parent company, Avid Life Media (ALM) is facing a $ 578 million lawsuit from users who are annoyed that the website they subscribed to failed to protect their data. This data was released on August 18, because the company did not comply to the hackers’ terms, which included shutting down Ashley Madison and Established Men.
“Shutting down AM (Ashley Madison) and EM (Established Men) will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” the Impact Team wrote.
Avid Life Media gave their word that the users’ information would not be exposed and they said they were doing everything they could to avoid that and put whoever did it behind bars.
If a person wanted to be a member of Ashley Madison, he or she did not have to pay anything to do that. Nevertheless, one would have to pay for almost everything even after becoming a member, from initiating a conversation with a prospective partner to having their details removed and their account closed.
It is no wonder the company is being sued all over the United States. It was reported that eight angry clients want to get compensation for being exposed, in spite of promises their information would remain confidential.
It was reported that the team of hackers who managed to steal the data also requested a large sum of money to refrain from releasing the information of some profiles.
Some of the former users have even said that they have been victims of extortion after the leak occurred, as they were threatened to have some private information made public.
In spite of the website representatives’ threats that the hackers will face the consequences of their actions, the Impact team released other data that included sensitive computer source and corporate emails. In addition, they said that they are prepared to do more.
Unfortunately, the leak also led to two cases of suicidal that are currently unconfirmed by the Toronto police. However, they are linked with instances of extortion related to the attack.
The authorities are also worried that a number of hate crimes might have emerged from this exposure, even if details of them have not yet been released to the press.
The representatives of the company are appealing to the hacking community as well:
“To the hacking community who engage in discussions on the dark web and who no doubt have information that could assist this investigation, we’re also appealing to you to do the right thing”.
A £ 240,000 reward has been announced.
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