According to Annalee Newitz , Editor-in-Chief of Gizmodo , who has analyzed the leaked data,  Ashley Madison had over 70, bots sending fake female messages to male users.
She had previously released an analysis purporting to show that only a minuscule proportion 12, out of 5. Newitz noted a clause in the terms of service which states that some accounts are for amusement purposes only.
She says Ashley Madison does not go so far as to say they are fake, but "does admit that many profiles are for 'amusement only' ". In , a former employee claimed in a lawsuit that she was requested to create thousands of fake female accounts attractive to male customers, resulting in repetitive stress injury.
The case settled out of court. Ashley Madison employs guerrilla marketing techniques to advertise its site. One such technique has been the creation of fake criticism websites filled with ads for Ashley Madison and anonymous testimony that the site is legitimate.
For example, the site "www. In , the company was sued by former employee Doriana Silva, who stated that in preparation for the launch of the company's Portuguese-language website, she was assigned to create over a thousand bogus member profiles within a three-week period in order to attract paying customers, and that this caused her to develop repetitive stress injury. The lawsuit claimed that as a result Silva "developed severe pain in her wrists and forearms," and has been unable to work since The company claimed that Silva had been photographed jet-skiing , an activity that was unlikely for someone who had suffered serious injury to the hands and forearms.
In , the Ontario Superior Court dismissed the case without costs, a result with which Avi Weisman, vice-president and general counsel for Avid Life Media, said the company was "very pleased. On July 15, ,  the site was hacked by a group known as "The Impact Team". Claiming that its security had always been weak, the hackers claimed to have stolen personal information about the site's user base, and threatened to release names, home addresses, search histories and credit card numbers if the site was not immediately shut down.
The demand was driven by the site's policy of not deleting users' personal information following their invoiced requests. The first release, validated by experts, occurred on August Some users reported receiving extortion emails  requesting 1. Segal also announced new discreet payment options, including Skrill , Neteller and Paysafe card.
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Archived from the original on July 22, Archived from the original on September 7, Just three in every 10, female accounts on infidelity website are real". Relaunched Ashley Madison aims to help cheaters 'find your moment ' ". With millions of members, its large user base should mean there is someone for everyone, although you may have to trawl through a LOT of profiles to find them!
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