NBC Chicago 09-01-2015

NBC 5 Chicago 09-01-2015

Illinois Man Suing Ashley Madison Wants To Be Able To Keep Using Website

September 01, 2015

An Illinois man has filed a lawsuit against the cheating website Ashley Madison because he wants to be able to continue using the site after hackers publicly released personal and financial information of millions of members.

Matthew Lisuzzo filed the lawsuit on Tuesday, according to his attorney, Thomas A. Zimmerman, Jr. of Zimmerman Law Offices, P.C.

The lawsuit asks Avid Life Media, Inc., the owner of Ashley Madison, to close the access portals used by the hackers to obtain members’ personal information and to encrypt Lisuzzo’s personal information so he can continue using the site without the fear that it will be released again, according to Zimmerman.

“Ashley Madison members have protectable privacy rights to keep their personal and financial information private, and a constitutional right to associate with other people in a confidential manner,” Zimmerman said.

At least five other lawsuits seeking class-action status have been filed over Ashley Madison, seeking more than half a billion dollars, according to North American court records. One was filed in Canada, and four others were filed in California, Texas and Missouri.

In August, hackers released detailed records on millions of people registered with the website one month after the break-in at Toronto-based Avid Life Media, Inc. The website — whose slogan is, “Life is short. Have an affair” — is marketed to facilitate extramarital affairs.

The hackers who took credit for the break-in had accused the website’s owners of deceit and incompetence and said the company refused to bow to their demands to close the site. Avid Life released a statement calling the hackers criminals.

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