Vermont will receive an immediate payment of $116,000 from a $17.5 million-dollar settlement with Ashley Madison. VT’s Attorney General William Sorrell led thirteen states and the District of Columbia, and worked with the FTC to enter a Consent Judgments on Wednesday with ruby Corp., owner of the Ashley Madison website.
The web site that caters to those wishing to have extra marital affairs was hacked in July 2015 and millions of its members’ photos, email addresses, and user names were posted on line.
At that time, it was discovered that Ashley Madison created thousands of fake profiles, and misrepresented the strength of its security.
The settlements include an immediate payment of $1,657,000 split between the states and the FTC. The remainder of the $17.5 million payment is suspended based on ruby Corp.’s proven inability to pay a further amount.