Number of Ashley Madison users skyrockets despite infamous hack

Despite the infamous hack that exposed millions of cheaters online, infidelity dating site Ashley Madison says it added 4 million members since the hack

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At the time of the hack, Ashley Madison said it had 39 million members. The website now says it has more than 43 million members, according to a rolling count on its homepage.

Some believed that the controversial cheating service would be ruined when Ashley Madison’s user database was leaked in August. However, as early as August 31, they were reporting an increase in membership.

So how did they gain 4 million users in under six months? A spokesman for Avid Life Media, the parent company, has declined to comment, leaving the masses to speculate.

In its last public statement, Avid Life said that reports of its imminent demise were “greatly exaggerated, ” and cheaters continued to use the site more than ever — even though 32 million of its members’ identities were revealed in the massive data breach this summer.

The hack was bad enough, but the information revealed as part of the breach was pretty damning for the company. The list of names appeared to show that upwards of 95 percent of Ashley Madison’s members were men.

The company denied that, saying that journalists were misreading the exposed information. Instead, Ashley Madison said that the ratio of men to women who “actively used their account” was 1.2 to 1.

Although the company reported $115 million in sales and $55 million in profit last year, it faces multiple lawsuits asking for more than half a billion dollars in damages and Avid Life Media is currently facing about a dozen class-action lawsuits, one of which is seeking $578 million in damages.

Ousted Avid Life CEO Noel Biderman is due to appear on Chelsea Handler’s upcoming Netflix documentary “Chelsea Does, ” which is set to debut on January 23.

 

 

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