The San Antonio Express-News reported last week that three email addresses among the tens of millions registered to Ashley Madison did belong to city employees, with one of them allegedly belonging to a police captain.
After hacking into the Ashley Madison site, The Impact Team released details of its 30million worldwide users to the Dark Web.
The suit alleges that Ashley Madison and Avid Life Media failed to take “necessary and reasonable precautions to protect its users’ information, by, for example, encrypting the data”.
“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”.
Attorney Julian Hammond, who has experience in class action lawsuits, said the breach is exceptional. Toronto authorities have issued a warning against possible scams and extortion of the site’s users who desperately want to keep their infidelity under wraps, according to Reuters. “I got their entire user base”, Bhatia is alleged to have emailed Noel Biderman, CEO of Ashley Madison’s Canadian-based parent firm Avid Life Media (ALM) and Rizwan Jiwan, the company’s chief operating officer in November 2012.
“The administration has started an investigation to see if any agency policies were violated, and the agencies will take appropriate action”, Kelly said in an email.
According to authorities, the company became aware of the hack on July 12 when staff were greeted in the morning with a message on their computers threatening to leak client information unless the Ashley Madison website was “shut down immediately, permanently”. This might be an agenda by hackers to impose their personal ideology on people, which needs to be protested against. Despite information in those emails that shows Ashley Madison wanted to avoid a publicized data leak, inaction on their part has caused this hack to spiral out of control.
The site previously enjoyed a boom in business after adultery was legalized in South Korea.
Though they spoke about the two suicides, the police did not release further details of the victims.
Information collected by AshleyMadison.com and released by the hackers included uses name, address, phone numbers, date of birth, weight and height and what turned them on, as well as what type of activities they were seeking.