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Ashley Madison Code Shows More Women, and More Bots

After searching through the Ashley Madison database and private email last week, I reported that there might be roughly 12,000 real women active on Ashley Madison. Now, after looking at the company’s source code, it’s clear that I arrived at that low number based in part on a misunderstanding of the evidence. Equally… »8/31/15 3:50pmMonday 3:50pm

Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site [Updated]

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and… »8/26/15 3:18pm8/26/15 3:18pm

The Feds Are Searching Ashley Madison's Database for Cheaters in Their Ranks

For many people, being exposed as a member of Ashley Madison (formerly the best and most secure site to have an affair) means only public humiliation and serious talks with their partner. Federal government workers, however, have something even more to be worried about: the possible loss of their jobs. »8/25/15 11:15am8/25/15 11:15am

Talking to a Married Guy Who Tried and Failed to Get Laid on Ashley Madison

The Ashley Madison data leak was notable for many reasons—its scale being one, its male-skewing demographic another. The site, some are saying, is both for men and full of men (and spammers), and it made me wonder just how easy it was for the average guy to get some Ashley Madison tail. After a little digging, I found… »8/24/15 2:00pm8/24/15 2:00pm

So You've Had Your Email Address Leaked in the Ashley Madison Hack

On Tuesday, a hacking group known as Impact Team finally made good on their promise to leak 9.7 GB of Ashley Madison user data to the public. The data includes millions of names, addresses, credit card numbers and profile information of registered users of the website designed for married dudes (and ladies) who are… »8/19/15 3:10pm8/19/15 3:10pm

Hackers Grab 37 Million Profiles From Cheating Site Ashley Madison

A hacker or group of hackers going by the name The Impact Team has broken into systems belonging to Avid Life Media, the company that owns websites Ashley Madison, Cougar Life and Established Men. They are threatening to leak sensitive information from more than 37 million AshleyMadison.com users if ALM does not take… »7/20/15 9:10am7/20/15 9:10am

Extramarital Dating Website Spies on Users' Conversations. For Science.

Notorious cheating website Ashley Madison has joined the ranks of Facebook and OKCupid, peering in on clandestine conversations between people seeking an affair in the name of research. And the conclusion the service (which pairs up married couples looking for "discreet encounters") came to? Monogamy is a failure. … »8/17/14 12:00pm8/17/14 12:00pm

Of Course Ashley Madison Stuck Hillary Clinton's Image on a Billboard

Ashley Madison is no stranger to sleaze ball ads and PR moves, but their latest one, while in the same vein, is quite the doozy. The online extramarital matchmaking service just unveiled a new billboard in Chicago starring a beaming Hillary Clinton photoshopped with the signature Ashley Madison finger to her lips. … »6/28/14 1:07pm6/28/14 1:07pm

Woman Sues Ashley Madison for Injuries Sustained Typing Fake Profiles

You probably didn't require this extra-special news bulletin to know that liaison-facilitator Ashley Madison revels in being a pit of sleaze and self-loathing, but here it is anyway: a Brazilian immigrant living in Toronto is suing the company, claiming that she permanently damaged her wrists typing up hundreds of… »11/10/13 3:30pm11/10/13 3:30pm

All Ashley Madison Could Afford for Super Bowl Advertising Is This Sleazy Newspaper Ad

Ashley Madison, the attention-starved company that aims to facilitate extramarital affairs, has released a fairly gross, Super Bowl-themed print ad (what is this, 1985??) in the San Francisco Examiner. The ad features a lady ref wearing a mini-skirt. Two football teams leer at her while she flips a coin that, quite… »2/02/13 2:30pm2/02/13 2:30pm

Ashley Madison Takes a Very Cheap Shot at Spain's Queen Sofia

Another day, another Ashley Madison "scandal" involving a sexually suggestive billboard mocking a public official. This time, the adulterous online dating site Photoshopped a photo of Queen Sofia of Spain to make it look like her arms are draped around a shirtless dude (and holding a mug of coffee — realistic!) with… »10/29/12 1:55pm10/29/12 1:55pm