Three anonymous Ashley Madison users are suing Amazon Web Services and GoDaddy for allegedly hosting websites that leaked the affair site’s customer data to the masses.
In the Arizona federal court filing posted by The Register, the John Does said they are suing the companies for “intentionally inflicting emotional distress upon Ashley Madison users.”
The lawsuit calls for $US3 million in damages and losses. In addition to GoDaddy and Amazon (both of which are internet service providers or ISPs), the John Does are suing the actual operators of websites that allowed the public to search for Ashley Madison users’ personal information.
More from the complaint:
While at least one class action has been filed by users against Ashley Madison for its failure to property [sic] secure the hacked information, this action deals with a different injury inflicted upon Ashley Madison users by persons and entities who have obtained the stolen data, repurposed it such that it is more readily accessible and searchable by the media and curious Internet users, and actively distributed it for their own gain.
While these persons and entities may labour under the belief that their actions are entrepreneurial rather than criminal, the fact remains that they are in willful possession of stolen property. We reached out to representatives form GoDaddy and Amazon for comment and will update this post if we hear back.
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