Still, on Monday, the website waived its deletion fee for all members.
There are five main sections to the profile, however if you are in a rush, it’s possible to skip some of the less important questions.You can say on your profile whether you are attached or not and the type of relationship you are looking for, and whether you are seeking a same-sex or opposite-sex relationship.Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media, told Mr.Krebs that the hacker “was definitely a person here that was not an employee but certainly had touched our technical services.” The company would not respond to additional questions about who was behind the breach.To prevent the data from being released, the hackers said, the company needed to shut down the site entirely.
The hackers promised to release the real names, passwords and financial transactions of members if Ashley Madison did not meet that demand.Those wishing to use the site's messaging system (the only way to communicate) must purchase credits to do so. There are basically two types of people on Ashley Madison; those who are married or in a long-term relationship (attached), and those who are single, but for whatever reason want to date someone who’s involved with someone else.Women can use the site for free, whilst men who wish to communicate either via the onsite email or instant chat must purchase credits to do so.On Monday, the company said that it had been doing just that to protect the identities of those who have used Ashley Madison. Paul Ferguson, senior adviser for Trend Micro, a security software provider, said that information on Ashley Madison, deleted in one online forum, is beginning to bubble up in others.“Once something is published on the Internet,” he said, “it’s there forever.”That persistence has some marriage counselors predicting a boom in business — even if names end up unpublished.“Oh, it’ll be a huge uptick,” said M.Gary Neuman, a marriage counselor in Miami Beach, Fla.The breach comes at an inopportune time for Avid Life Media, which had expressed interest in pursuing an initial public offering this year.