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This data, which amounts to millions of payment transactions going back to 2008, includes names, street address, email address and amount paid, but not the full credit card numbers; instead it includes just four digits for each transaction, which may in fact be the last four digits of the credit card numbers or simply a transaction ID unique to each charge.One analysis of email addresses found in the data dump also shows that some 15,000 are It's not clear, however, how many of these are legitimate addresses.
It's notable, however, that the cheating site, in using the secure hashing algorithm, surpassed many other victims of breaches we've seen over the years who never bothered to encrypt customer passwords."We’re so used to seeing cleartext and MD5 hashes," Graham says.
The firm also neglected to use multi-factor authentication to secure remote access by customers and failed to provide adequate formal training for staffers and management.
The Ashley Madison site featured security representations, including "Trusted Security Award, which investigators found appeared to have been fabricated.
The company neither admitted nor denied allegations made by federal and state investigators."Today's settlement closes an important chapter on the company's past and reinforces our commitment to operating with integrity and to building a new future for our members, our team and our company," said ruby CEO Rob Segal.
Investigators found that the company failed to maintain documented security policies or practices.