To be precise, it is AshleyMadison’s former chief technology officer Raja Bhatia doing the suing.
He is upset about a story KrebsOnSecurity posted about emails leaked from AshleyMadison that suggested the company’s former chief technology officer Raja Bhatia hacked into a rival firm in 2012.
According to Bhatia’s attorney, the part of the story they consider defamatory has to do with the headline of the piece and this bit:
“A review of those missives shows that on at least one occasion, a former company executive hacked another dating website, exfiltrating their entire user database. On November 30, 2012, Raja Bhatia, the founding chief technology officer of AshleyMadison.com, sent a message to Biderman notifying his boss of a security hole discovered in nerve.com, an American online magazine dedicated to sexual topics, relationships and culture.”
Nerve.com was experimenting with its own adult dating section, and Bhatia uncovered a way to download and manipulate the nerve.com user database.
“They did a very lousy job building their platform. I got their entire user base,” Bhatia told Biderman via email, including in the message a link to a Github archive with a sample of the database. “Also, I can turn any non-paying user into a paying user, vice versa, compose messages between users, check unread stats, etc.”
Brian Krebs who runs the site said he had no intention of posting a retraction or correcting any elements of this story. However, he suspects that Bhatia’s lawyer might start issuing libel and defamation threats from AshleyMadison and/or its current and former employees against others to run the story.