So far, though, it isn't easy to find the exposed cheaters online.
That could change soon if the hackers decide to publish the information on a public website.
Annalee Newitz, a reporter who helped expose the site’s use of bots, also uncovered internal documents showing that 80% of initial purchases on Ashley Madison were by a male user trying to communicate with a bot.
After news emerged that the company was subject to an investigation by the Federal Trade Commission, the company now faces a .5 million settlement as a result of the multi-state investigation.
You can call me “Blue Eyes NC” now – but that’s about the only truthful piece of information I entered in the gigantic Ashley Madison database in the sky—or cloud.
Immediately, I was directed to the site for gay married folks (hurrah for marriage equality!
“Creating fake profiles and selling services that are not delivered is unacceptable behavior for any dating website,” Vermont Attorney General William H. A collection of 13 states and the District of Columbia worked with the commission on the case.
Due to Ashley Madison’s global user base, the FTC also cooperated with the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner in the investigation.