(That would be roughly half of all married people between the ages of 25 and 55.) (Which sounded incredibly implausible.) And now we know that Ashley Madison's claims were implausible.
An investigation of the site's user database found that there were 31 million profiles for men.
Avid said it does not know the focus of its own FTC investigation. it's with the FTC right now." An FTC spokesman declined to comment.
Ashley Madison got plenty of media attention before the hack, taunting and celebrating politicians and celebrities accused of cheating.
Which suggests that Ashley Madison might have been the greatest internet scam, ever.
They suckered a couple million guys into paying a boatload of money to have affairs with women who were nothing more than sockpuppets of Ashley Madison employees.
Then I bought a Harley-Davidson Sportster, and got some ink. I felt chemistry on multiple levels: physical, mental, emotional.
You talked about profound things, like spirituality and author Gary Chapman’s “The Five Love Languages.” My friends were impressed with your genuine interest in me and I...
More quickly than anyone guessed, all of those concerns turned out to be largely a moot point. I became especially transfixed by Annalee Newitz’s reporting over at Gizmodo (she’s at Ars Technica these days). So the men would get chatbot messages from fake or re-purposed profiles and they’d message back. As if that wasn’t enough, though, a short documentary that just went live yesterday on Netflix digs into several additional reasons to make the website Ashley Madison and its parent company, Avid Life Media, memorably hate-worthy. Members can now view it in its entirety for free (and, presumably, chill—or whatever).She found that almost none of the women’s profiles on the site were getting used. She kept digging through the hacked trove and found that lots of the profiles of women were really bots. Every message was money in the pocket of Noel Biderman and his colleagues. The very fact that Newitz was able to look so deeply into the profiles of Ashley Madison users illustrates the unusual extent of the breach.The crew that stole the information called itself the Impact Team. It got hold of everyone at the companies emails and more. Which almost certainly means it got into more than one place, because most companies don’t keep internal documents on the same server as their website.The Ashley Madison breach in July 2015 was one of the most fun stories of that year.The controversy’s moral roller coaster initially pitted privacy hawks against moralists of multiple varieties.hat is, dummy accounts created by the Ashley Madison staff to make it look like there was a pool of women looking for action.