Ash­ley Madi­son par­ent will pay $1.6M in data breach set­tle­ment

The Washington Times Daily - - WORLD -

TORONTO | Toronto-based Ruby Corp., the par­ent com­pany of the adul­tery dat­ing site Ash­ley Madi­son, will pay $1.6 mil­lion in set­tle­ments fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion led by the U.S. Fed­eral Trade Com­mis­sion into a massive breach of the com­pany’s com­puter sys­tems and the out­ing of mil­lions of its mem­bers. Hack­ers breached the com­pany in July 2015 and then posted the in­for­ma­tion on­line a month later.

The web­site — its slo­gan was “Life is short. Have an af­fair” — was once pur­ported to have about 39 mil­lion mem­bers.

New York state At­tor­ney Gen­eral Eric Sch­nei­der­man said Wed­nes­day that reck­less dis­re­gard for data se­cu­rity will not be tol­er­ated. The set­tle­ment, ac­cord­ing to Sch­nei­der­man’s of­fice, is for $17.5 mil­lion but the re­main­der of the $17.5 mil­lion pay­ment is sus­pended based on Ruby Corp.’s in­abil­ity to pay.

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