TORONTO — A Canadian-owned dating website for married people seeking affairs says it has suffered a cyber attack after hackers claimed to have stolen confidential customer information and threatened to publish it unless the company is shut down.Avid Life Media, which owns Toronto-based cheating site AshleyMadison.com, said Monday that it had taken steps to secure its sites.“We apologize for this unprovoked and criminal intrusion into our customers’ information,” the company said in a statement. “We have always had the confidentiality of our customers’ information foremost in our minds, and have had stringent security measures in place.”Adultery a booming business: AshleyMadison.com seeks London IPO as more women sign up to have affairsAshley Madison, dating website for married people, sues South Korea after being blockedAshley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” claims it has more than 37 million anonymous members around the world.While its site appeared to be working normally Monday morning, an online security blog, KrebsOnSecurity.com, posted what appeared to be a screenshot of the site’s homepage on Sunday bearing a message from those allegedly behind the hack.“We are the Impact Team. We have taken over all systems in the entire office and production domains, all customer information databases, source code repositories, financial records, emails,” the message said, according to Krebs, before going on to demand that Ashley Madison, as well as another Avid Life Media site — EstablishedMen.com — be shut down.“Shutting down AM and EM will cost you, but non-compliance will cost you more,” the message said. “We will release all customer records, profiles with all customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails.”Whoever hacked the sites claimed they did so to expose alleged lies Ashley Madison told customers about a service that allows members to erase profile information for a $19 fee, Krebs reported. Avid Life Media said it had launched an investigation into the breach and employed a top IT security team to “take every possible step towards mitigating the attack.”“Our team has now successfully removed the all posts related to this incident as well as all personally identifiable information about our users published online,” the company said. “Our team of forensics experts and security professionals, in addition to law enforcement, are continuing to investigate this incident.”Avid Life Media also owns a website called Cougarlife.com.The company said all its sites had been secured, with all unauthorized access points closed. It added that it had “stringent security measures in place,” but noted that the current online environment was one where no company’s online assets were safe from cyber vandalism.The Ashley Madison breach comes about two months after dating site AdultFriendFinder.com suffered a cyber attack.
In response to questions by Opposition Member, Anil Nandlall regarding the status of the Law Reform Commission, the Minister of Legal Affairs, Basil Williams has indicated that the Commission is “in its final stage of readiness.”Opposition Member of Parliament and former Attorney General Anil NandlallNandlall had questioned, among other things, whether the Law Reform Commission- which is expected to undertake the reform and development of laws applicable to Guyana- is functioning, who the appointed Commissioners are, the remuneration packages for these persons –or if they had not been appointed, what the anticipated remuneration package is- whether the Commission is provided with staff, and for the Minister to identify the positions and salaries of these persons, what the address of the Law Reform Commission is and if its building is being rented. He also requested that a copy of that Rental Agreement be provided. As such, by way of written response on Monday during the National Assembly, Williams said “the Law Reform Commission is in its final stage of readiness. Persons have been interviewed for the position of Commissioners. Some staff for the Commission have been hired. The Law Reform Commission Building is ready.”Moreover, Williams noted that while no Commissioners have been hired, interviews were conducted for potential persons on the 19th and 20th of June 2018. The Minister also asserted that “no remuneration package has been approved.”Attorney General & Minister of Legal Affairs Basil WilliamsIn providing a list of persons who have already been hired by the Commission, Williams disclosed that the Law Reform Commission now has one Legal Officer, who is being paid a gross salary of $700,000, two Legal Clerks, being paid $150,000 each (gross), three typists being paid $130,000 each (gross), two Office Assistants being paid $100,000 each (gross), one cleaner being paid $75,000 (gross) and one driver being paid $120,000 (gross).He also noted that the Commission is being housed at Lot 59 Robb Street, Bourda, Georgetown. According to the Rental Agreement, the building is being rented from Michael and Michelle Warton at a cost of $850,000 per month for a period of one year (since December 1, 2017 to November 30, 2018).In January 2016, Government had approached the National Assembly, passed the Law Reform Commission Act no. 4 of 2016 and appropriated millions for the Commission’s establishment.However, the Commission was not established. In March of this year, Government had begun the process of seeking candidates to serve on the Law Reform Commission (LRC).In a notice published in the local newspapers, the Legal Affairs Ministry solicited applications from eligible candidates to sit on the Commission, which will be tasked with reviewing many of Guyana’s laws inherited from colonial times.According to the Ministry, the Commission’s Terms of Reference will include “keeping under review the laws of Guyana with a view to its systematic development and reform, including in particular the modification of any branch of the law, the elimination of anomalies, the repeal of obsolete and unnecessary enactments.”The Ministry also noted that the Commissioners, who will be employed on a full-time basis, will be focused on reducing separate enactments; simplifying and modernizing the laws of Guyana. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedDespite budgetary allocations amendments to Coroners Act, LRC yet to be implemented- OppositionNovember 13, 2017In “latest news”MP calls for contract of GECOM Chair to be made publicOctober 9, 2018In “latest news”AFC, PNC officials gone ‘mum’ over appointment of ‘honorary’ advisors – more than 30 of themApril 16, 2016In “latest news”