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According to the FTC complaint, until August 2014, operators of the site lured customers, including 19 million Americans, with fake profiles of women designed to convert them into paid members.Apartments in Washington Attorneys in Washington Auto Dealers in Washington Auto Parts in Washington Auto Repair in Washington Beauty Salons in Washington Car Rental in Washington Dentists in Washington Doctors in Washington Flowers in Washington Hotels in Washington Insurance in Washington Loans in Washington Mortgages in Washington Movers in Washington Pizza in Washington Realtors in Washington Restaurants in Washington Storage in Washington Tax Preparation in Washington Travel in Washington Featured More...The financial penalty, split between the federal government and US states suing the company, would increase to .75 million to the FTC plus .75 million to states if Ashley Madison fails to abide by new information security practices and refrain from misleading consumers."This case represents one of the largest data breaches that the FTC has investigated to date, implicating 36 million individuals worldwide," said FTC chairwoman Edith Ramirez.As scary as that sounds, moste of their families will never find out.First, they would have to actively seek out the information.On Sunday, the group said it would publish the data unless Ashley Madison goes offline for good, blaming ALM for keeping customer records that it had promised to purge and the clientele for its own immorality.“Too bad for ALM, you promised secrecy but didn’t deliver,” the hackers wrote in a statement first obtained by security reporter Brian Krebs.“And with over 37 million members, mostly from the US and Canada, a significant percentage of the population is about to have a very bad day, including many rich and powerful people.”The ALM hack comes on the heels of the Sony hack last year and the recent massive security breach at the Office of Personnel Management, suggesting that anyone with a digital footprint may want to consider that any information is vulnerable to disclosure.
In light of the apparent compromise of Ashley Madison, a site whose slogan is “Life is short.
'Yes, I know about your secret, that you paid for services from a company that specializes in facilitating adultery.
But what makes me a threat to you is that I have also spent several days getting to know about you, your family and others in your life.'The anonymous writer claims the recipient of the older threat was exposed as a cheater to 'his daughter' and 'his daughter's boyfriend,' along with 'superiors, peers and subordinates' at his work place.
"Millions of people have continued to connect on our sites during the past year and they deserve a discreet, open-minded community where they can connect with like-minded individuals." The statement said the company's forensic accounting investigation confirmed that "bots" were no longer in use, stopped in North America in 2014 and internationally in 2015.
"My understanding is that bots are widespread in the industry, but they are no longer being used, and will not be used, at Avid Life Media and Ashley Madison," said Millership.