Early morning, Reuters broke the news that AvidLife Media, the parent company of affair-driven dating/hookup website Ashley Madison, is now undergoing a probe by the United States Federal Trade Commission tuesday. While AvidLife formally “said it will not understand the focus of its FTC that is own investigation” it’s fairly easy to find out precisely what is at problem right here.
About an ago, in july 2015, ashley madison was hacked by a group known as the impact team year. The hackers proceeded to threaten to leak the site’s consumer list if AvidLife Media didn’t shut down both Ashley Madison and sister site Established Men, which theoretically connected“sugar that is young” females with older, wealthier, “sugar daddy” men. The database ended up being quickly released…which ended up being simply the end of this iceberg.
The initial, more instant and apparent concern ended up being that the organization’s option to pay to totally delete a merchant account didn’t seem to actually do such a thing. Exposing the reality behind the “paid deletion” choice was quickly revealed to be always a main motive in the hack. The next was something which was suspected but ended up being tough to show until Gizmodo’s Annalen Newitz crunched the true figures into the database: