Ashley Madison offers $11m settlement

Ashley Madison website displayed on a smartphone in Toronto

Ashley Madison website displayed on a smartphone in Toronto

The owner of adultery site Ashley Madison has declared it will pay $US11.2 million ($14.3m) to settle USA court action brought on behalf of 37 million users whose private details were stolen by computer hackers two year ago. It also said the data breach resulted in the release of account holders' personal information, including those who paid a fee to have their information deleted from the website.

While ruby denies any wrongdoing, the parties have agreed to the proposed settlement in order to avoid the uncertainty, expense, and inconvenience associated with continued litigation, and believe that the proposed settlement agreement is in the best interest of ruby and its customers.

In 2015, the details of men and women cheating on their partners were exposed, after a hacker group attacked Ashley Madison.

Ashley Madison stayed open for business, and the Impact Team followed through on its threat. In 2015, TrustedSec Chief Executive Dave Kennedy said the information dump included full names, passwords, street addresses, credit card information and "an extensive amount of internal data".

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

Following the breach, Avid Life Media renamed itself Ruby.

The adult dating site, designed with extramarital affairs in mind, was the victim of a successful cyberattack in 2015.

The lesson here then is life is short, secure your data.

Last December, Ruby agreed to pay $1.66 million to settle a probe by the US Federal Trade Commission and several states into lax data security and deceptive practices, also without admitting liability. It claims that the account credentials were not verified for accuracy and some may have been created using other individuals' information.

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