But the user records laid bare by hackers last week tell a very different story: Of the more than 35 million records released, only 5 million — a mere This discrepancy may be the smoking gun that proves something angry users, industry insiders and government watchdogs have alleged for some time: that when it comes to reporting their own user numbers, paid-dating sites distort, manipulate … “Ashley Madison has paid people to write profiles, and they’ve allowed fake profiles to proliferate on their site,” said David Evans, an industry consultant who has contracted with Ashley Madison in the past and has tracked the business of online dating since 2002. That’s not news.” It may be news, however, to the legions of paying online daters who have treated tales of “date bait” as message-board apocrypha — and not as a tangible, industry-wide practice that they themselves have encountered.
As a female, why is me putting that I have children such a turn off to men, but when men post gushy pics with their kids, the ladies love it?
Reynolds Gordon, a champion middle-distance runner as a teenager, says emphatically that he runs the free site and its associated sex parties out of 'more of a love for it and (as) a hobby (rather) than a business'.
Stephen asks: "I am trying to find a 'real' adult dating site. The people on there either do not exist or are trumped up.
The report was in real time, noted Krebs On Security.
Back in October, it wasn’t clear how many botnets were being used, but the number of bots have appeared to dwindle by a lot since then.
But just as dating app users are at an all-time high, so is the number of people becoming victims of online dating fraud.
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Ashley Madison has long claimed, in triumphant news releases and slick, Web-ready graphics, that it is one of the few dating sites that really clicks with women.
According to statistics CEO Noel Biderman has trumpeted in the media, Ashley Madison enjoys an overall 70/30 gender split — with a 1:1 male/female ratio among the under-30 set.
There is no requirement for authentications or credentials to access it.
Krebs On Security warned anyone looking to do spyware research to use a virtual machine that doesn’t run Microsoft Windows because spammers are typically involved in distributing malicious software and those that have a vast network of botnets are usually involved in creating or commissioning malware and cyberattacks.