Company Behind Ashley Madison Sued in U.S.

The homepage of the Ashley Madison website is displayed on an iPad, in this photo illustration taken in Ottawa, Canada July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie
The homepage of the Ashley Madison website is displayed on an iPad, in this photo illustration taken in Ottawa, Canada July 21, 2015. REUTERS/Chris Wattie

Police in Canada are working closely with representatives of the F.B.I., the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and law enforcement around the world to crack the Ashley Madison hacking case, which released information about as many as 37 million would-be cheaters online last week.

AshleyMadison.com is a dating website for married people created by a Toronto-based company, Avid Life Media.

Already lawsuits are being filed against the company and police are reporting extortion attempts against those whose names were on its customer list.

The site was hacked last month by a group that called itself the Impact Team. Last Tuesday, it posted a 10-gigabyte file of customer information from the website.

Lawsuits have been filed against the company in the United States and Canada.

Users in California, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Tennessee and Minnesota have filed suits against the site, claiming negligence, breach of contract and privacy violations, the Associated Press reported.

The suits claim the site failed to take reasonable steps to protect the security of its users, including those who paid a special fee to have their information deleted.

Calls to Avid Life on Tuesday were not returned.

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SOURCE: Elizabeth Weise
USATODAY

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