McGeorge said that even though the data stolen from Ashley Madison supposedly included only the last four digits of people’s credit cards numbers, the card should still be cancelled and replaced with a new one.
OutEast Entertainment made a deal in 2014 with Avid Life Media Inc, the parent company of Ashley Madison, to use the website’s name in the television show with the hopes of drawing some of the site’s 37 million clients to watch the series.
The lawsuit argues that the privacy of Canadian members was breached in July when hackers infiltrated Ashley Madison’s website and downloaded private information.
The lawsuit claims that the data breach could have been prevented if the company had taken “necessary and reasonable precautions to protect its users’ information, by, for example, encrypting the data”.
The Ashley Madison hack was an inside job, perpetrated by a woman, according to an eccentric security expert.
Toronto police had appeared on a press conference this week revealing two unconfirmed suicides linked to the recent Ashley Madison data dump.
Last week, Relate Cymru posted information on their website, advising people affected by the leak to contact them for support.
To collect leads in the case, Toronto Police have created an Ashley Madison phone hotline at (416) 808-2040, an email address, [email protected], and a Twitter handle, @amcasetps, which allows for direct messaging.
“Needless to say, this dumping of sensitive personal and financial information is bound to have catastrophic effects on the lives of the website’s users”. The data breach includes users’ personal names, emails, home addresses and message history. “You’re not going to be able to bring in Ashley Madison to verify hacked information that someone put together”, he said.
The Canadian-based social networking site was launched back in 2001 which offered married or committed people a chance to have an affair with the promise of discretion and secrecy. The team wanted ALM to shut down their operation, and when they did not listen, the hackers released the user information for the world to see. Many work in the White House, the Justice Department, and Congress. Hundreds of emails are related to federal, provincial, and municipal employees throughout Canada as well.