But the company’s failure to notify users of the breach could land it in legal hot water.
Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, is based in Toronto.
Whether your spouse will buy that story is another matter. A number of websites have taken to outing famous personages — such as former reality TV star Josh Duggar and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair — whose online identities appear to have been leaked.
The site Have I Been Pwned also lets you check on an address, but when we plugged in an address we knew was part of the database, it came up negative. Update: The Have I Been Pwned site did return a positive result for the Ashley Madison member email after we verified ownership of the email address in question.
Still, giving a false result initially is, at the very least, an extremely odd design choice.
Update: Duggar later admitted to committing infidelity and indulging in other naughty Internet activities without explicitly mentioning Ashley Madison.
Was former British Prime Minister Tony Blair looking for love in at least one wrong place?
Because the service did not verify member’s emails, there’s no way to know if any of these addresses are legit.
So even if yours shows up, it’s conceivable (if somewhat unlikely) that someone else added your email.
Canada’s recently amended data privacy law requires companies to notify individuals when they suffer a data breach that creates “a real risk of significant harm.” Failure to do so can result in criminal charges and fines of up to 0,000 Canadian. S., 47 states have laws on the books requiring private companies to notify users of data breaches, though the terms and penalties vary.
Even after it was hacked, Ashley Madison continued to send emails to its members — but none of them mentioned the data breach.
(Photo: Ashley Madison.com)Note: This story has been updated to reflect more recent developments in the ongoing saga of Ashley Madness. This could potentially be the most damaging hack ever devised, depending on whether or not (a) you are among the millions whose data was leaked and (b) your significant other gets wind of it. Not surprisingly, several sites have popped up offering to search the leaked data to let you know if your email (or your snuggle bunny’s) was among the 37 million.
You just found out that the premier website for enabling infidelity had its members’ guts spilled all over the Internet, and now you’re sweating bullets. Ashley Madison appears to be doing its best to shut these sites down.
The odds of some petty cyberthief selling your information or using it in nefarious ways are much higher.