Tuesday 19 June 2018

32 million users can't be wrong - but they just might be very, very worried

Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

Right about now, you're probably enjoying a nasty little giggle at the Ashley Madison story.

On the other hand, you might be one of the estimated '100,000' Irish users of the hook-up site for married people, in which case you've spent the last 24 hours in a cold sweat, desperately hoping your better half doesn't decide to start scrolling through the published data dump of 32 million registered users, like it was some bizarre CAO list for mucky philanderers.

For those of you who don't already know - or pretend not to know, as may be the case for many people - Ashley Madison was the billion dollar dating website set up by a married Canadian couple, Noel and Amanda Biderman, to facilitate married people to meet other married people to have the kind of sexual encounters that were denied to them by the person they are actually married to.

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