Ashley Madison to pay huge sum in compensation to data hack victims

Ashley Madison to pay huge sum in compensation to data hack victims

The affairs website was majorly hacked in 2015

Monday, July 17, 2017

Ashley Madison is to pay a sum of $11.2 million (roughly £8 million) to their clients who were victims of a major hacking attack. 

In 2015, the site - which facilitates extramarital affairs - came under attack by a group called "The Impact Team" which threatened to release the data they had collected unless the website was shut down. 

When Ashley Madison did not comply, the data and information relating to over 37 million global users was dumped onto the internet. 

The information was extensive, including names, phones, addresses, and credit card information. 

A judge in St Louis, Missouri is due to review the payment, which could include claims of up to $3,500 (£2,600) per victim. 

Meanwhile, the parent company of Ashley Madison, Ruby Corp, has submitted to the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) demand to oversee their online security. 

The FTC will impose a series of measures to ensure user data is protected.

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