>> Ashley Madison, the infidelity website, hit by a devastating hack last year, now the subject of a probe by the US Federal Trade Commission, Reuters has learned exclusively. Top executives for parent company Avid Life Media in their first interview since the breach, saying they're, quote, profoundly sorry for the incident which exposed the personal details of some 37 million users adding that it cost the company a third of its revenue.
CEO Rob Segal and President James Millership were hired in April to revive the credibility of Ashley Madison, which boasts the slogan, life is short, have an affair. But that could be an uphill battle as Avid faces class action lawsuits from customers and allegations it used fake computer generated fembots impersonating real women to lure men to the site.
Avid says it shut down the fake profiles by the end of last year. But that the fembot messages were part of its, quote, ongoing process with the FTC adding it did not know the entire focus of the agency's probe. And FTC spokesman declines to comment to Reuters. Last year's data damp carried out by hackers calling themselves the Impact Team contained email addresses of US and UK civil servants, corporate employees and at least one celebrity, former reality star, Josh Duggar.
Police also say extortion attempts and at least two suicides may have been linked to the breach.