Ashley Madison: Players Being Played

In a Gizmodo article, Analee Newitz finds that the Ashley Madison database had 30-odd million male users, around 12,000 actual female users, and around 80,000 chat bots pretending to be female users.

A kind of scummy concept overall, but a great business model if all you want to do is squeeze some money out of randy men. Until the site was hacked, of course.
The code tells the story of a company trying to weave the illusion that women on the site are plentiful and eager. Whatever the total number of real, active female Ashley Madison users is, the company was clearly on a desperate quest to design legions of fake women to interact with the men on the site.

 

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