So began the pitch I gave my wife to let me join the marrieds-looking-for-affairs website Ashley Madison.
It would be part of my research into women who cheat, why infidelity is increasing, and what can be done to possibly affair-proof a marriage.
But Keable says the company does not use fake profiles now."We shut down bots in the USA and Canada in 2014 and in Australia in early 2015.
Turns out that Ashley Madison users weren’t the only ones cheating: The dating website was tricking its male users into believing that robots were seductive females. Have an affair” enticed millions of male users, but females were scarce on the platform. Fembots—computer-generated fake female profiles—would chat up non-paying male users.
By July 22, the first set of customer names were released by hackers, with all of the user data released on August 18, 2015.
More data (including some of the CEO's emails) was released on August 20, 2015.
Then, to view and respond to messages from these seemingly eager women, men would have to pay.
He went on to say that the news around the hack helped drive business."In the summer of 2015 we experienced unprecedented media coverage of our business." A group called the Impact Team posted a 30-day warning to Ashley Madison's then-parent company Avid Life Media to close the site down in July 2015. Tech site claimed the site was populated with more than 70,000 bots pretending to be female users and contacting hopeful men.
The discreet dating site that encourages people to have affairs, and the same one that got hacked in 2015 exposing the names and email addresses of millions of members, is "back", and with more users than ever.
At the time of the hack 37 million people were vulnerable, according to that the site is registering at 400,000 new users per month around the world.
Since then, the new executives have been trying to revive the brand.
Avid chief executive Rob Segal and president James Millership apologized for the security vulnerabilities that divulged the personal information.