More On Ashley Madison: Company Sued, Faked Female Profile Used, CTO Hacked Competitor Site
More bombshell information which spell doom to Ashley Madison are coming out. The company is already being sued by users from California, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Minnesota for breach of contract and violation. A separate report found that the website had been using fake women profiles to lure men to the service. Furthermore, another report has also found that the company’s CTO has also hacked into the date of a competitor’s site.
The Associated Press is reporting that six lawsuits had already been filed since last month to Monday against Ashley Madison. The petitioners are seeking for class-action on behalf of the 37 million registered users who are affected of the hacked. The lawsuits attest that Ashley Madison failed to protect the privacy of its users.
“Needless to say, this dumping of sensitive personal and financial information is bound to have catastrophic effects on the lives of the website’s users,” one lawsuit from Los Angeles sated as reported by AP.
“As a result of (Ashley Madison’s) unfair, unreasonable and inadequate data security, its users’ extremely personal and embarrassing information is now accessible to the public,” as stated in a lawsuit filed by law firm Hammond Law seen by AP.
Ashley Madison may find itself facing numerous complaints in the future if another report from WIRED is anything to go by. Apparently, Ashley Madison’s CTO hacked into the data of a competitor website, Nerve.com. According to an email exchange seen by WIRED, Ashley Madison’s CTO, Raja Bhatia, found a security vulnerability with Nerve.com’s website and he used it for Ashley madison’s advantage.
“They did a very lousy job building their platform. I got their entire user base. Also, I can turn any non paying user into a paying user, vice versa, compose messages between users, check unread stats, etc,” Bhatia wrote in the email. The recipient of the mail asked him if they should report the vulnerability to their competition. WIRED did find Bhatia’s response among the leaked emails.
Meanwhile, a report from the Daily Mail revealed court documents containing a complaint filed by Doriana Silva, a former Ashley Madison employer. In 2012, Silva tried to sue Ashley Madison for damages, asserting that the volume of work given to her caused a “repetitive strain injury in her wrists.”
The task designated to her involved setting up a total of 1,000 bogus profiles in a three-week timeframe. In the court documents seen by Daily Mail, Silva said she was led to believe “that creating the profiles was some sort of a normal business practice in the industry.” Silva added that she would not accept the job had she known of the “ethical and legal issues arising in relation to online fraud.”
A separate report from the Washington Post said that only 15 percent of the 35 million record released in the data hacked from Ashley Madison belonged to women. Hence, the site has paid people to set up bogus profiles. However, David Evans, an industry consultant who previously worked for Ashley Madison, said this is no longer a surprising fact. “Tons of sites are guilty of that. That’s not news,” Evans told the Washington Post.