But in the case of Ashley Madison, the majority of news articles seem to focus on "Well, if you have an account with a cheating service like Ashley Madison, expect no sympathy from us you deceiving bugger".Not much word about the service provider, their security or lack of it.Almost 69,000 of the profiles created with that IP address were female - the remaining 12,000 were either male or had no sex specified.Ms Newitz said the “huge disparity” strengthened the pattern she had already with the email addresses.A clause in the Ashley Madison terms of service that notes that “some” people are using the site purely “for entertainment” and that they are “not seeking in person meetings with anyone they meet on the Service, but consider their communications with users and Members to be for their amusement.” Ms Newitz said: “The site stops short of saying these are fake people, but does admit that many profiles are for ‘amusement only’.” Three more specific searches – looking at how many times women either checked their messages, used the chat function or replied to messages – finally revealed the huge scale of how many fake female profiles existed.Ms Newitz found that fewer than 1,500 women on the site had ever checked messages, compared to the 20 million-plus men. Only 2,400 women ever used the chat tool, as opposed to the 11 million-plus men and only 9,700 of the women had ever replied to a message, compared to the 5.9 million men who would do the same.
Even with the slogan, it is still very much a dating site.
A service claiming 37 million members, owned and operated by Avid Dating life Inc, who also run the "Cougar Life" and "Established Men" websites.
The one thing that sets this hack apart from other dating services getting hacked, is that the Ashley Madison slogan is "Life is short.
You can flag yourself as being single, looking for a long-term relationship.
You can search for single people only if you prefer.
Instead, it’s like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots.