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12/15/2016
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Ashley Madison To Pay $17.5 Million In Breach Settlement

Ashley Madison was found guilty of lax data security and also corrupt practices including photo and profile misuse.

Under a joint multi-state and Federal Trade Commission agreement, a settlement of $17.5 million was reached with Ruby Corp., which runs the online adult dating site ashleymadison.com and was found guilty of lax security leading to a website breach. Announcing this, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said Ruby Corp. has also agreed to implement stronger website security and stop deceptive practices.

In July 2015, ashleymadison.com suffered a data breach in which hackers stole personal information for millions of its members and published them online. The pilfered data included photos, usernames, and communications.

During investigation, the dating website was found to be indulging in corrupt practices like using fake profiles, misuse of members’ photographs as well as fabricated security certifications. The company also continued to retain details of members even though they had paid to have their account deleted.

Click here for the AG press note.

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AllisonD256
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AllisonD256,
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12/25/2016 | 6:49:57 AM
Misleading headline
Ashley Madison will NOT be paying $17.5 - per announcement "The settlement includes an immediate payment of $1,657,000 divided amongst the states and the Federal Trade Commission, of which New York will receive $81,330.94. The remainder of the $17.5 million payment is suspended based on ruby Corp.'s inability to pay."
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JeffRyanPeters,
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12/15/2016 | 2:48:17 PM
Only paying $1.6M
FYI the headline is wrong. The settlement is $17.5M, but they are only paying $1.6M total and the rest is being forgiven. Read the FTC press release for more details.
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