Madison dating site hack
Since the Ashley Madison hack, curiosity about the infidelity-based dating service has been on the rise.
Even if you find the idea of cheating deplorable, you can't help but wonder what it's like on a website totally based on helping people cheat, right?
That's why I decided to create an account and check it out.
And I couldn't believe how easy — and depressing — it was.
In case you didn't follow the hack, it exposed the data of 32 million Ashley Madison users.
This was a big deal because Ashley Madison prided itself on its discretion — it was assumed to be the perfect dating site for a discreet affair.
After the hack, though, it seemed that wannabe cheaters would have better luck finding mates in real life, without leaving a digital trail.
Based on Ashley Madison's marketing and my own preconceived notions of marital infidelity largely gleaned from Hollywood, I thought the experience might have at least a hint of glamour and danger.
Most of the coarse chats which took place in the infidelity dating site Ashley Madison may have occurred between men.
That's because most of the profiles of real female members are thought to have been inactive, and up to 90% of the women listed may be simply fake.
According to Gizmodo, which analysed the Ashley Madison data, there is a good chance no more than 12,000 real female profiles, out of 5.5 million, ever actively used the website.
"When you look at the evidence, it's hard to deny that the overwhelming majority of men using Ashley Madison weren't having affairs. The leaked data, released by the hacker group Impact Team, show there were 31 million profiles of men against 5.5 million female accounts.
Criteria like profiles' pattern of birthdays, an outline of their surnames, and active usage were all taking into account while dissecting the database.