Thursday 29 September 2016

Ashley Madison site up 4 million members despite hack

Emma Clark

Published 04/01/2016 | 01:00

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Ashley Madison

Infidelity matchmaking site Ashley Madison has seen an increase of around 4 million registered members since user information was leaked in August.

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Just going to show that any publicity is good publicity, infidelity matchmaking site Ashley Madison has 4 million more members than it did in August.

The site’s rolling member count has reached 43,380,000. When the site was hacked, information about the company and its users was released. There was speculation that it would ruin the site, a point that parent company Avid Life said was “greatly exaggerated.”

However, even with this increase in registrations, there is cause for alarm. Avid Life currently faces around a dozen class-action lawsuits by customers who were exposed in the hack. Several of these lawsuits are seeking more than half a billion dollars in damages.

A list of customer names and details were released as part of the hack. This list also indicated that around 95% of the members were male. Avid Life’s most recent statement released in August claimed that the ratio of active men to active women was 1.2 to 1.

Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life, would not comment on the increase in registrations, according to CNN Money.

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