More security concerns at Ashley Madison

More security concerns at Ashley Madison
24 August 2016

Remember the hack that messed things up for Ashley Madison for a period? That is, of course, before subscriptions went up thanks to the increased exposure the site got, and the volume of people who want to have an affair on their spouse.

Well, there's still a number of security concerns for all those people looking to get their leg over.

A report has been published, which is very critical of the privacy on the site, and parent company Avid Media has vowed to take all this information on board, and keep users safe.

With Ashley Madison apparently having 47,990,000 members, this is not to be ignored.

So who has been slagging them off? Some kids who run a anti-virus blog? It's a bit more serious than that - the criticism has come from the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada (OPC) and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC).

Daniel Therrien, from Canada, says: "Privacy breaches are a core risk for any organisation with a business model based on the collection and use of personal information. Where data is highly sensitive and attractive to criminals, the risk is even greater."

"Handling huge amounts of this kind of personal information without a comprehensive information security plan is unacceptable. This is an important lesson all organisations can draw from the investigation."

Ashley Madison's CEO, Rob Segal, responded: "We hope that by openly speaking about the breach and our commitments to the OPC and the OAIC we can help other organisations and business leaders who are facing increased cyber security challenges."

"The company has cooperated with the commissioners throughout their investigation and will continue to share information with them as we honour the terms of the compliance agreement and enforceable undertaking."

"The company continues to make significant, ongoing investments in privacy and security to address the constantly evolving threats facing online businesses."

"These investments are the cornerstone of rebuilding consumer trust over the long term."

TOPICS:   Privacy

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