She said the data breach was among the largest ever investigated by the regulator."This settlement should send a clear message to all companies doing business online that reckless disregard for data security will not be tolerated," said New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Toronto-based ruby Corp., the recently rebranded incarnation of the former Avid Life Media, characterized the agreement as pivotal for customers and Ashley Madison.
"Millions of people have continued to connect on our sites during the past year and they deserve a discreet, open-minded community where they can connect with like-minded individuals." The statement said the company's forensic accounting investigation confirmed that "bots" were no longer in use, stopped in North America in 2014 and internationally in 2015.
"My understanding is that bots are widespread in the industry, but they are no longer being used, and will not be used, at Avid Life Media and Ashley Madison," said Millership.
And its Canadian-based parent company said it will no longer use female "bots" or automated programs that respond to members pretending to be women on the hunt for men.