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The fallout led to reports of blackmail and even suicides.
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.
But what became of the marriages of the guilty parties, whose secret infidelity was suddenly not-so-secret at all?
One man who was exposed in the hacking has now spoken out about what happened to him in an article for the LA Times. He’d been married for 19 years, and although he’d been faithful to his wife the whole time, the excitement in their relationship had fizzled: “Call it a midlife crisis, poor judgment or a cheater’s heart. We had not taken a vacation without children in years.” Thomas retired from his corporate job early, bought a Harley Davidson and got a tattoo - so far, so midlife crisis.
Thirteen US states plus the federal District of Columbia joined the lawsuit.
No doubt there's big money in online dating, which has seen dramatic growth over the past decade as more people seek a date by going online instead of heading to a bar or a nightclub, and Match boasts some of the best-known sites in the business.
That said, need to warn you: the following slides do contain some racy and sexual content.Both are interested in what is revealed by a hack or sneak attack, but for the opposite reason.We now know Josh Duggar was one of the 32 million users outed as having an Ashley Madison account."We want them (the company) to feel the pain, we don't want them to profit from unlawful conduct," Ramirez told reporters in a conference call.But she added that "it would not serve the public interest to put them out of business." Earlier this year, the dating website—whose motto had been "life is short, have an affair" rebooted, calling itself an "open-minded dating" service.