More Ashley Madison data is leaking online with the uncovering of the tactics that the company used to make their users think they were talking to real people in order for the Avid Life Media, Inc., monthly income to increase. According to the Daily Mail, the publication reports that they’ve received new data analysis that proves the Ashley Madison website used 40,000 profiles that all shared only six email addresses. Those six emails were used by Ashley Madison website creators to dupe users into thinking they were speaking with real women.
Instead, those Ashley Madison users were talking to “Ashley Angels” — fake women who sent messages such as “Are you online?” in order to fool the men into thinking they were generating interest from would-be adulterers. When these Ashley Angels got to work with their duplicate messages on Ashley Madison, the monthly income of the site increased by nearly 100 percent.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Noel Biderman was already accused of adultery himself after leaked Ashley Madison data pointed to email exchanges between Biderman and various women, including escorts. Ashley Madison has also been the subject of lawsuits, ranging from folks angered about the alleged fake female profiles to those suing Amazon and GoDaddy for hosting Ashley Madison search engines.
The Daily Mail was provided this newest Ashley Madison leaked data analysis from the UK data cruncher Jeremy Bullock, as well as the anonymous Twitter account amlolz, which has provided plenty of data crunching itself — and is currently private. Bullock discovered that April 10, 2012, was a very busy day for Ashley Madison, with approximately 133,000 men and women allegedly signing up to Ashley Madison all on the same day — from an IP address from Avid Life Media. About one year later, on February 2, 2013, another whopping 100,000 or more women signed up to Ashley Madison.
“I believe that this data shows that despite Ashley Madison’s protestations to the contrary, member generation was going on at a industrial scale and that there is a clear trail of evidence leading back to the company.”
The Ashley Madison electronic ruse of hundreds of thousands of fake users didn’t stop with just their creation. As reported by Gizmodo, about 80 percent of new Ashley Madison members were subsequently sent fake messages from accounts asking if they were online and the like. It was that type of engagement that spurred new Ashley Madison users forward, encouraging them to pay varying fees in order to contact the fake women who were appearing to want to talk to the new users.
And those fees didn’t come cheap. Certain Ashley Madison users paid $290 to begin chatting with fake women. This data has outraged users, along with the fact that their names and addresses and other personally identifying information were exposed in the Ashley Madison data leak. Certain users have been asking for refunds, along with the lawsuits directed at the website owners. For their part, Avid Life Media Inc. has denied the usage of fake female profiles.
The latest graphical analysis of Ashley Madison leaked data revealed that Avid Life Media COO Rizwan Jiwan and Biderman discussed via email Ashley Madison’s $60,000 monthly revenue skyrocketed to $110,500 per month the first time the fake female bots were introduced in 2012. The fake accounts that used ashleymadison.com email addresses were an obvious attempt to make up for the fact that many of Ashley Madison’s 32 million users were men.
These Ashley Madison users weren’t merely made up names or the creativity of workers typing away. The identities of the fake users were gleaned from real members who had joined the website prior to 2011. That means certain users like “Sensuous Kitten,” the 11th person to sign up to Ashley Madison, could’ve been fake or real, with her identity used to create later fake messages.
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