Ashley Madison Offers £8.5m To Data Breach Victims

Ruby Corp and Plaintiffs Reach Proposed Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Ashley Madison Data Breach

Ruby Corp and Plaintiffs Reach Proposed Settlement of Class Action Lawsuit Regarding Ashley Madison Data Breach

Ashley Madison and sibling site "Established Men", which "connects ambitious and attractive young women with successful, generous men", are now part of a Canadian outfit called Ruby Corp which last Friday announced the settlement with a group of plaintiffs.

The owner of the Ashley Madison adultery website said on Friday it has agreed to pay $11.2 million to settle US litigation over a 2015 data breach that exposed personal details of millions of users. It also had to pay $1.66m to settle charges from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and 13 states, who alleged that the company misled its users about its privacy policy and did not do enough to protect their information.

It says more information about the settlement and claims process will be released if the proposed deal is approved. It appears to be the case that as account credentials were not verified for accuracy in 2015, Ruby is arguing that accounts could have been created using other individuals' information, and so it will be up to claimants to prove they were who they said they were on the website - and that they experienced loss or damages because of the data breach.

The company says it denies wrongdoing but agreed to settle to "avoid the uncertainty, expense, and inconvenience associated with continued litigation".

What's more, members who were victims of identity theft as a result of the breach can get up to $2,000 to recover, on a dollar-per-dollar basis, money lost because of that breach. Class members can recoup up to $3,500 based on their documented losses, according to the preliminary class-action settlement.

As Ashley Madison's Canadian owners, named Avid Life, did not close the website, the hackers made good on that threat - releasing 100 GB worth of sensitive data of those who used the website onto the dark web.

A settlement hearing has been set for July 21 before US District Judge John Ross in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Recommended News

  • Steelers, Le'Veon Bell fail to reach deal by deadline

    Steelers, Le'Veon Bell fail to reach deal by deadline

    Though, Bell himself has not yet signed the exclusive rights franchise tag tender Pittsburgh handed him during the spring. Bell wants to be compensated not just for running the ball, but also paid in line with his pass-catching ability.
    Estados Unidos anuncia 'refuerzos'para cuartos de Copa Oro

    Estados Unidos anuncia 'refuerzos'para cuartos de Copa Oro

    Dentro de los refuerzos estadounidenses destacan Bradley, Howard, Altidore y Dempsey, quienes tienen más de 100 partidos con la camiseta de la selección.
    Macri tomó juramento a nuevos ministros de Educación y Defensa

    Macri tomó juramento a nuevos ministros de Educación y Defensa

    En cuanto a la educación , dijo que "debe ser la herramienta " para generar " mejores oportunidades para los chicos". Estoy convencido de que seguiremos trabajando.
  • Trian to Launch Proxy Fight Against P&G

    Trian to Launch Proxy Fight Against P&G

    The investment firm said it was not seeking to break up Procter & Gamble, a well-worn tactic of activists. This move comes after Peltz was denied a seat on the Board last week.
    3 years on, families commemorate loved ones lost on MH17

    3 years on, families commemorate loved ones lost on MH17

    There were 17 nationalities on board, mostly Dutch but also Australians, Britons, Malaysians, and Indonesians. Family members will read the names of the 298 passengers and crew killed in the disaster.
    Desbordamiento de río en Arizona deja al menos 9 muertos

    Desbordamiento de río en Arizona deja al menos 9 muertos

    La búsqueda continuará hasta que los rescatistas encuentren a Garnica o hasta el anochecer, lo que ocurra primero, indicó. La novena víctima es Jonathan León , de 13 años, nieto de García .
  • New BLADE RUNNER 2049 Trailer Released

    New BLADE RUNNER 2049 Trailer Released

    For many the film is one of the true classics of sci-fi, with a unique style and a tone that's far more contemplative than most. One of the best directors working right now, Denis Villeneuve , is at the helm, so you know we're in for something special.
    El papa Francisco volvió a rezar por Venezuela

    El papa Francisco volvió a rezar por Venezuela

    Francisco renovó su oración por "la amada Venezuela " y pidió paz y democracia para el país. Por ello, ha sido muy criticado en los últimos meses.
    NY Sells 6561 Shares of Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO)

    NY Sells 6561 Shares of Marathon Oil Corporation (MRO)

    Legacy Private Trust increased Procter And Gamble Co (NYSE:PG) stake by 22,973 shares to 33,380 valued at $2.81M in 2016Q4. Carroll Financial Associates Inc. raised its position in Marathon Petroleum Corporation by 12.3% in the first quarter.
  • Now Two Tropical Waves Tracking Across the Atlantic

    Now Two Tropical Waves Tracking Across the Atlantic

    It will be battling dry air and strong wind shear over the Caribbean, which will likely hinder further tropical development. Hurricane Hunters flew around the storm Monday afternoon and discovered the storm had organized enough to be upgraded.
    Samsung Pay adds PayPal as a valid means of payment

    Samsung Pay adds PayPal as a valid means of payment

    Even though Android Pay brought PayPal support earlier than Samsung Pay but the latter is more popular as a payment service. Users can access their PayPal wallet right inside Samsung's app and spend the balance in places where they couldn't before.
    DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas

    DHS Approves 15000 Added Temporary Worker Visas

    That is a lie. "There is no job that Americans will not do", said Senator Tom Cotton (R-Oklahoma) in a speech on the Senate floor. While President Trump has generally opposed bringing in guest workers, he has made an exception for this program.

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.