Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Ashley Madison pays $52,489 fine

Attorney General Jim Hood issued the following press release:


States, Federal Government Reach Settlement with Ashley Madison Owner Over Data Breach
 
 
JACKSON— Attorney General Jim Hood announced today that the owners of a website catering primarily to married men have agreed to strengthen data security and cease deceptive practices following a July 2015 data breach in which sensitive user information was hacked and posted online.

Ruby Corp., the entity that owns AshleyMadison.com, will also make a payment of $1.657 million to the federal government and 13 states involved in an investigation of the company’s practices. Mississippi will receive $52,489.05.

The company demonstrated through financial documentation that they were unable to pay a larger amount, although if information changes, they will pay an additional $17 million.



“This breach should remind everyone to be careful about his or her online activity, because there’s always a chance that hackers will obtain their personal information,” Attorney General Hood said. “I will not condone the actions of those who used this site nor the owners who provided a means for the destruction of marriages and the break-up of families.  However, like every business, the owners of the site had an obligation to ensure that user information was secure, so they failed in their legal responsibility as well.”

The data breach exposed information from millions of individuals, including photos, usernames, email addresses, and communications with other users. Much of this information was posted publicly online. In this instance, the exposed information was not only harmful to the subscribers, but especially harmful to their families.

In the wake of the security breach it was discovered that the website had created thousands of fake user profiles, misrepresented the strength of its security, and sold a “Full Delete” option which it did not carry out in all instances.

In the settlement, the company agreed to end certain deceptive practices, to not create fake profiles, and to implement a stronger data security program.

Attorney General Hood said his office’s Cybersecurity Guide could be helpful to small businesses, corporations and government agencies. The guide includes an overview of potential cybersecurity threats to businesses, suggestions for response to those threats and for actions following a data breach or hacking incident. Download a copy of the guide here: http://www.ago.state.ms.us/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/Cybersecurity-Guide1.pdf

For additional information about this or other consumer issues, visit the Attorney General’s website, www.AGJimHood.com, or call the Consumer Hotline at (800) 281-4418.

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yeah, sad that those people got CHEATED AND LIED to like that by a website. Some politically connected lawyers took home a bundle. some AGs will be well rewarded.

Anonymous said...

Do the married men share this money because they were the ones hurt. I have heard no mention of the state being "harmed" by Ashley Madison.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the settlement should be earmarked for the three coastal counties and Lt. Governor should get input on how the money should be spent. Everybody chime in on your thoughts for its use.

Anonymous said...

I've got the whole MS database. Some very interesting names contained therein.

Anonymous said...

Let us see. The AG office spends probably $500,000.00 and probably more of the state's money to file and execute this law suit. After spending 1/2 Million Dollars or more they win $53,000.00 dollars. Why not deal with current problems that can be improved rather than this junk. I guess when you are the 50th ranked state you need this kind of publicity to make sure you stay at the bottom.

Anonymous said...

Earmark it for pineapple restoration and improvement in Reunion.

Anonymous said...

I believe the money ought to be placed with the Cyber security Dept. at the AG's office. The one that makes "stings" on people selling child porn or trying to solicit teens.

Anonymous said...

5:08, is it true that hanging a pineapple on a door in reunion means "come on in and swing with us?"

Anonymous said...

So they weren't ordered to get some real women on their website? Lame.

Anonymous said...

@8:05 Of course it's true, like rabbits on cocaine. What do you expect of beautiful people.

A Hard Pecker Has No Conscience.. said...

"Some politically connected lawyers took home a bundle."

And more than several well known Mississippi lawyers appeared on that list.

Anonymous said...

4:10....you plan on blackmailing someone? Why else would you want that list? Chances are you have something to hide.

Anonymous said...

1:12, I had heard about that in Reunion. Damn, and they talk about us Hinds County people? Sex Addiction happens to a lot of people. Just can't see letting my wife be used by other men while I watch.....that's just damn crazy

Anonymous said...

7:45-You do not have to just watch.Let your hair down and join in.Show them what really turns her on if you know.

Anonymous said...

4:10 post a link to it so we can see who is on it.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like @7:50 AM knows they are on the list and hasn't been discovered yet. Hmmmmm.

Anonymous said...

How you pay for poontang with a credit card? Just like buying dope with a check.

Anonymous said...

"5:08, is it true that hanging a pineapple on a door in reunion means "come on in and swing with us?" " December 14, 2016 at 8:05 PM

No, it means, "We're receptive, if you look good enough, and are desirable enough, in other ways, to be part of the group, assuming the time is right: and right now's a good time to give us a ringy-dingy."

PS: Upside-down pineapples work even BETTER.

Damn! Tricked Again.. said...

I've been out there and looked. There ARE no pineapples in Reunion. I feel so misled and used.

Anonymous said...

Yep, well that "arm candy" (aka blonde bimbo) ain't too much good for anything else. Makes you wonder if that pineapple is on the door while you're at work. I knew a couple who lived there. Very nice home and cars. No food in the cabinets but cherrios, hot pockets or frozen chicken nuggets for supper.......

Cheerio Mate.. said...

Hot Pockets, huh? Thus the need to create Ashley Madison...

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