Ashley Madison owners hit with $578 million class-action lawsuit following data leak

By Shawn Knight
Aug 24, 2015
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  1. Fallout from the high-profile hack of extramarital dating website Ashley Madison is showing no signs of slowing down. A pair of Canadian law firms has filed a $578 million class-action lawsuit against the site’s owners, Avid Dating Life Inc. and Avid Life Media Inc.

    Ontario-based Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP filed the suit on behalf of Eliot Shore who said he joined the site for a brief time after his wife lost her battle with breast cancer. Shore maintains he never used the site to cheat and didn’t even meet up with any other members of Ashley Madison.

    The law firms say the suit was filed on behalf of Canadians that joined the site whose personal information has since been leaked.

    Ashley Madison didn’t immediately respond to a request from the Associated Press for comment. The site has said that the leaked user data doesn’t prove the infidelity of its members.

    An earlier lawsuit on behalf of an unnamed female plaintiff takes issue with the site’s “paid-delete” feature that promised to wipe out all records of use for $19. Many users that paid for the delete feature have, as a result of the hack and subsequent data dumps, learned that their personal information was never scrubbed from the site’s database.

    Members of a hacking group calling themselves The Impact Team infiltrated the site last month and made away with personal information from as many as 37 million members. The attackers said the paid-delete service was their motive for the attack, claiming the company was scamming users by taking their money for the service without actually deleting their records as promised.

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  2. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Out of all data leaks, has there ever been a lawsuit this high? I'm finding this very entertaining.
  3. RustyTech

    RustyTech TS Guru Posts: 812   +382

    YES..That's because the best defense is a good offence..err..attack.
    Just shows how many were using the website/service that have the means to pull off this kind of lawsuit.
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,882   +638

    You know, that's the bit that I'm finding most shocking, there are seriously 37 million people signed up to a site with the tag line:

    "Life is short. Have an affair"
  5. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,327   +1,930

    "The site has said that the leaked user data doesn't prove the infidelity of its members".
    I call BS on that. Why on earth would you sign up with your credit card no. if you had no intention of making use of it's demeaning service. That's like buying a bicycle without a saddle.
    I hope they take the site owners to the cleaners so badly that they'll have to carry a tin cup around with them, after reflecting upon the the lives they've torn apart once they've completed a 15 year sojourn in the joint.
  6. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,327   +1,930

    You and me both but I'm sure there are about 37 500 000 or so who aren't.
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    People tear their own lives apart. This site failing to keep data hidden did not do that.
    gingerbill, davislane1 and H3llion like this.
  8. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,327   +1,930

    I couldn't care less about the cheaters, they get what they deserve but the site has the responsibility of keeping cheat... er... users details safe.
    davislane1, TadMSTR and agb81 like this.
  9. fastvince

    fastvince TS Enthusiast Posts: 67   +18

    Another similar site will show up. Might be a good time for me to start one.
    gingerbill, SantistaUSA and H3llion like this.
  10. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,248   +220

    They saw a business potential to make money and the filth signed up to it. They should have run a stronger security however the hate is not needed. You either find a business venue that works or you stay working for someone. They haven't torn **** up, a cheater would be a cheater regardless.
    gingerbill likes this.
  11. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,327   +1,930

    Of course. Taking advantage of mankind's inherent infidelity is easy money, if you don't care about others pain and suffering.
  12. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 6,327   +1,930

    Unfortunately the world is full of filthy, unscrupulous people out to make a fast buck of the backs of others misery and suffering. It's not condoned but it is reality and there will be 20 more sites like Ashley Madison to fill the void it leaves when it goes belly up.
  13. H3llion

    H3llion TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,248   +220

    It's a website service. I doubt their plan was to make a "quick-buck" but rather stay and profit for as long as possible (just like any business). Hell I wouldn't be surprised if users without partners were on that site too just to get some.

    Different Strokes for Different Folks.

    I surely don't condone cheating, but putting the developers in the same basket as the actual cheaters on the site... Eh ...
    gingerbill likes this.
  14. DAOWAce

    DAOWAce TS Booster Posts: 248   +30

  15. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 125   +49

    LMFAO! someone hacks the website, steals and leaks the data and THEN the person who was robbed gets sued? ABSOLUTELY FRIGGIN HILARIOUS! there's is a lesson to be learned here. don't be a wh0re/man **** and don't promote it. karma is a true gem.
  16. Camikazi

    Camikazi TS Maniac Posts: 792   +216

    They are getting sued like most any company would (or should) since their whole reason for being is to provide a service while keeping the users data safe. They did not keep the data safe not only that but they were so uncaring about the data that almost all the info was in plain text and that is why they are being sued. When you provide a service and take in private information you are expected to keep that information safe, you fail in that and people will be pissed.
  17. p51d007

    p51d007 TS Evangelist Posts: 850   +352

    Hope that site goes bye bye...anyone cheating on a wife, girlfriend deserves to be
    taken out.
  18. wastedkill

    wastedkill TS Evangelist Posts: 1,373   +310

    But a girl cheating on a husband, boyfriend is A OK eh. nice going... mate...
  19. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    Here is the perfect video for this delima. Just the first minute is all you need to watch.
  20. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 125   +49

    well lets say this. most companies claim to keep data safe because they have some sort of antivirus or strong hardware firewall or something else going for them. shouldn't the companies that are supposedly protecting their computers from being hacked in the first place be in some sort of trouble? like if I pay 60 bones a year for an internet security suite that has the best malware blocking or hacker detection according maybe.... av comparatives or something and I get hacked while using said software, that company should be held a little bit accountable right? thats like 5 cops standing in front of you with guns drawn protecting you and 1 gang member still manages to unload a full clip into you. those cops should be a little responsible because they completely failed ya?
  21. mrjgriffin

    mrjgriffin TS Booster Posts: 125   +49

    I like how u didn't mention husband or boyfriend lol. someone sounds sexist. screw guys right? yea they're just dumb animals who only think with their weiners. it REALLY sounds like you don't mind women spreading their legs for anyone with that sentence. seriously.....

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