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Almost no women were using Ashley Madison, according to data analysis

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The Ashley Madison hack has spawned a plethora of analysis, and caused a lot of trouble for the men who were caught in the data breach of the Internet’s leading extramarital affair “dating site.” But an analysis by Gizmodo of the actual data that was leaked by hackers suggests that the truth is even worse, for many of the site’s male users: Very few of the women who had a profile on the site were even real, and those who were real hardly ever used the site. The database published by the hackers contained info for 31 million men and 5.5 million women. But when Gizmodo reporter Annalee Newlitz looked closer at the actual data, she found evidence suggesting that nearly all the women’s profiles were fake and created by the site’s employees. Among the data, she found that only 1,492 of the women had ever checked their messages on the site — compared with more than 20 million men! — and only 2,409 of the women had ever used the site’s chat function, compared to over 11 million men who used the function. As Newlitz concludes, “We’re left with data that suggests Ashley Madison is a site where tens of millions of men write mail, chat, and spend money for women who aren’t there.”

Read the full story at Gizmodo.

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