Ashley Madison Claims it Wants to Rebuild Public’s Trust, Still Actively Encouraging Infidelity

To say that Ashley Madison fucked up is an understatement. Not only did they suffer from a horrendous hack as the result of their own shoddy security, in the aftermath a whole bunch of shady business tactics came to light - including using bots to lure male users into handing over fistfuls of cash as they attempt to cheat on their spouses. Now Ashley Madison hopes to regain the trust of the general public, while still encouraging  adulterous breaches in trust amongst married couples. Read More >>

Ashley Madison Is Messing Up Again

Ashley Madison is perhaps most famous for two things—infidelity and god awful security. In 2015, the website for cheaters was hacked, leaking almost 10 gigabytes of data on the dark web, which included account details, email addresses, and payment information for about 32 million users. And now security researchers have found that the dating site is still exposing user data, only now it’s not because of hackers. The site just has shit security settings. Read More >>

Ashley Madison Can’t Afford to Pay for Its Mistakes

The adultery website Ashley Madison will pay only $1.66 million to settle US federal and state investigations into a 2015 hack that compromised 36 million user accounts while advertising the site was secure. The site’s slogan at the time was, “Life is short. Have an affair.” Read More >>

Ashley Madison Embarassingly Tries to Pretend it’s Not Sleazy

Things haven’t been looking good for Ashley Madison, the dating website whose tagline was “life is short, have an affair”. Read More >>

Investigation Launched Into Ashley Madison, CEO Says ‘Sorry’

Almost a year after a massive hack exposing the users of the infidelity website Ashley Madison, its parent company Avid Life Media is bringing on a new CEO and president to make some much needed changes. However, the company is also the subject of a new investigation by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), according to Reuters. Read More >>

Ashley Madison Hack Victims Must Use Their Real Names to Sue

A judge sorting through the wreckage of the Ashley Madison car crash has somehow managed to make things even worse for victims of the hack -- ruling that any legal recourse against the site must be carried out under the real names of the users. Read More >>

Turns Out Ashley Madison’s Uncrackable Passwords Are Actually Very Crackable

It was little solace to victims of the Ashley Madison hack that the company had kept their passwords extra secure. Some even said the hashing algorithm was bulletproof. But—oops!—it turns out Ashley Madison made a programming error. And now, hobbyists have already deciphered over 11 million passwords from the leaked accounts. Read More >>

How Ashley Madison Hid Its Fembot Con From Users and Investigators

The developers at Ashley Madison created their first artificial woman sometime in early 2002. Her nickname was Sensuous Kitten, and she is listed as the tenth member of Ashley Madison in the company’s leaked user database. On her profile, she announces: “I’m having trouble with my computer ... send a message!” Read More >>

One Chart That Shows How Much Money Ashley Madison Made Using Bots

Earlier today, I reported that Ashley Madison’s source code reveals a concerted effort to create an army of thousands of female bots to “engage” men and get them to pay more for the site’s services. Now we have a chart from the company’s leaked emails that shows how much money they made from the bots. Read More >>

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 clear is new evidence that Ashley Madison created more than 70,000 female bots to send male users millions of fake messages, hoping to create the illusion of a vast playland of available women. Read More >>

The Fembots of Ashley Madison

Now we know that almost none of the woman in the Ashley Madison database ever used the site. The question is, was this a deliberate fraud? Or was it just a dating site gone wrong? Read More >>

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

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 analysed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were. Read More >>