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If you were involved in the Ashley Madison hack of 2015 you may be due some compensation. Unfortunately for you and your fellow victims the company behind Ashley Madison is only offering $11.2 million to the victims who had their personal lives ruined by the data breach.
This may sound like a lot of money to anyone other than Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg, but when it’s being shared out amongst the millions of people potentially adversely affected, that $11.2 million could amount to a few dollars apiece.
The Great Ashley Madison Hack of 2015
In July 2015, hackers stole masses of data from Ashley Madison, a website dedicated to helping people have extramarital affairs. In August, after the owners of Ashley Madison refused to comply with the hackers’ demands, the personal information of millions of users was leaked online.
This resulted in people having their whole world turned upside down. While it’s hard to feel sorry for people engaged in affairs, it’s thought that some committed suicide as a result. Which is obviously tragic. The owners of Ashley Madison are now trying to bring the sorry saga to an end.
The Great Ashley Madison Settlement Fund
Ruby Life Inc., which was known at the time of the hack as Avid Life Media, is offering to contribute $11.2 million to a settlement fund. This is meant to, amongst other things, provide “payments to settlement class members who submit valid claims for alleged losses resulting from the data breach”.
In a press release announcing the proposed settlement, Ruby said, “While ruby denies any wrongdoing, the parties have agreed to the proposed settlement in order to avoid the uncertainty, expense, and inconvenience associated with continued litigation, and believe that the proposed settlement agreement is in the best interest of ruby and its customers”.
The problem, as is so often the case, comes when math gets involved. The personal data of as many as 37 million individuals was revealed online after the hack. And if every one of those filed a claim for compensation then they’d each get around 30 cents.
In reality, around 6 million people are thought to be eligible for a payout of some kind. Which means that if everyone of them filed a claim they would each get about $2. Which is obviously much fairer compensation for a ruined marriage and only seeing the kids once a week.
The Not-So-Great Act of Cheating
This whole thing stinks. From the website existing in the first place, to the fact that millions of people signed up to it. From the hackers who stole the information, to the company offering such a small amount of compensation to the victims. The lesson? Cheating is bad, mmkay.
Were you caught up in the Ashley Madison data leak? If so, how did it affect your personal life? Did it end any relationships? Who do you ultimately blame for the Ashley Madison data leak? Do you have sympathy for the victims? Please let us know in the comments below!