Ashley Madison is an online “social network” targeting married individuals to engage in Affairs and “discreet” encounters with other individuals from their site.
“Women looking for affairs” and “men looking for affairs” are two key featuring buttons on Ashley Madison’s web page, yet they also claim to be “more than an affair site.”
When scrolling through Ashley Madison’s Homepage you will read about how much they value privacy. This site claims to have several features that were designed to help keep your private life private (whatever your reason) with discreet photos, private emails, and inbox control.
So, how did a group called “The Impact Team” steal user data July of 2015 and threaten to expose all the individuals enrolled, if the site was not immediately disbanded?
Members were frightened their identities would be exposed and they would be publically humiliated and shamed; their spouses and children being harmed in the process. However, Avid Life Media did not shut its site down, instead, they released a public statement to ease the minds of those who were distraught over the ordeal. One statement read, “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. Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber-terrorism will be held responsible.”
Just one month later, in August 2015, The Impact Team released more than 60 gigabytes of the company’s data, including users personal information. Over 37 Million users were affected. Multiple lawsuits arose from Avid Life Media’s inability to secure customers’ confidential information.
Nearly two years later Avid Life Media has agreed to settle over two dozen lawsuits stemming from the breach for approximately $12 Million!
This settlement will reimburse customers who paid for “full delete” services and compensate individuals up to $3500 for any other personal losses due to the breach.
- Class Members who purchased Full Delete on or before July 20, 2015 and whose personal information was exposed in the breach can qualify for payments of $19 per Full Delete purchase, not to exceed a total of $500.
- Class Members who purchased credits and have a good faith belief that they used those credits to communicate with engagers will be reimbursed for those credits on a dollar-for-dollar basis, not to exceed a total of $500.
- Class Members who submit documentation of other unreimbursed losses, including losses related to identity theft, can receive reimbursement for those losses on a dollar-for-dollar basis, not to exceed a total of $2,000.
Deadline to file a Claim: 1/2/18
For more information, please contact us at Info@MyPirl.com!
In Re: Ashley Madison Customer Data Security Breach Litigation, case number 4:15-md-02669 in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri.