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It was founded in 2002 by Darren Morgenstern, with the slogan: "Life is short.
Have an affair." The company received attention on July 15, 2015, after hackers stole all of its customer data—including emails, names, home addresses, sexual fantasies and credit card information—and threatened to post the data online if Ashley Madison and fellow Avid Life Media site Established were not permanently closed.
Segal shared an independent report by EY (Ernst & Young) which verified the phase-out.
Ashley Madison employs guerrilla marketing techniques to advertise its site.
In order to qualify, users must purchase the most expensive package, send more expensive "priority" messages to 18 unique members each month for three months, send 5 Ashley Madison gifts per month, and engage in 60 minutes of paid chat per month.
According to the proposed settlement, the company will compensate individuals who were users of the site at the time of the breach, as long as they submit valid claims for alleged losses resulting from the data breach as well as any alleged misrepresentations.
Users looking to delete their accounts, even those made without the individual's consent, are charged a fee.
The data disclosures in 2015 revealed that this "permanent deletion" feature did not permanently delete anything, and all data was recoverable.
As Ashley Madison’s Canadian owners, named Avid Life, did not close the website, the hackers made good on that threat – releasing 100 GB worth of sensitive data of those who used the website onto the dark web.
The data included usernames, first and last names, email addresses, passwords, credit card data, street names, phone numbers and transactions records.