Have an affair." The company received attention on July 15, 2015, after hackers stole all of its customer data—including emails, names, home addresses, sexual fantasies and credit card information—and threatened to post the data online if Ashley Madison and fellow Avid Life Media site Established were not permanently closed.By July 22, the first set of customer names were released by hackers, with all of the user data released on August 18, 2015.But most have taken their pictures recently and surreptitiously.In their bathrooms with their i Phones held up to the mirror, their faces partially obscured, their wives' J'adore behind them, on top of the toilet.It's also a complete lie," the hackers were quoted as saying in a manifesto published by Krebs."Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real names and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed." On Monday afternoon, the company defended the service, and also said it would make it free.For my own safety, I won't reveal what I'm really doing. In my profile, I say that I'm married, because in addition to avoiding escorts, many of the men on the site don't want the complications of seeing a single woman. The rest of what I say is mostly true, and to weed out the more aggressive guys, my tone comes off as exploratory, not sexual. One man has his arm across the shoulders of a young Jon Bon Jovi.
The release included data from customers who had previously paid a fee to Ashley Madison to supposedly have their data deleted.In between his kid's soccer game and a pizza party, B.* sends a picture of himself on a golf course.Earlier, he sent 2,000 words on how he got into the game, the trips to California and Ireland, the way the clouds flood the greens at Galway Bay. The long puppyish emails, the condensation of an entire life into a few breathless paragraphs that allow him to retell the stories his wife has already heard.With a whopping 19 million members in 25 countries around the world, Ashley Madison bills itself as the “most successful website for finding affairs and cheating partners.” Their slogan, “Life is short. Founder and CEO Noel Biderman claims not to encourage affairs, but to facilitate a platform for affairs that would have occurred regardless of circumstances – instead of having a workplace fling in which a person could lose his or her job, Ashley Madison has created a “safer” way to cheat.Most media has accused Biderman of compartmentalizing aspects of marriage and of being desensitized to the consequences of infidelity.