Published On: Mon, Aug 24th, 2015

Avid Life Media Faces $578 M Class-Action Suit For Ashley Madison Data Breach

Two Canadian law firms have filed a suit against the owning company of Ashley Madison on behalf of millions of Canadians whose personal information was compromised during the recent hack of the website.

Data of about 39 million members were stolen by hackers from the extramarital-affairs website that is owned by Toronto-based Avid Dating Life and Avid Life Media.

According to earlier reports, the hackers, calling them as Impact Team, have every information of Ashley Madison members that include credit card details, geolocation data and also the security questions to recover lost passwords.

Charney Lawyers and Sutts, Strosberg LLP have filed for a $578 million class-action suit and says the sensitivity of leaked information and its repercussions as well are extreme that it put the users in different category of class-action suit in terms of damages faced.

The lawsuit also says the owners of Ashlay Madison have failed to protect the information of its members. More to this, it had charged additional fees to remove user data from the website, but after the hack it is found the information remained intact and are now exposed.

Michael E. Miller from The Washington Post writes the latest leak is more than the public shaming. It is about the Internet privacy. He added there were 15,000 .gov or .mil email addresses used for the Ashley Madison site.

Meanwhile, the Impact Team seems to be prepared for maximizing the damage to the owners of Ashley Madision. Along with the data dump it also released a statement saying the company has failed in protecting the data and it has also lied the members. Hence, users should prosecute them and claim damages.

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