She had previously released an analysis purporting to show that only a minuscule proportion (12,000 out of 5.5 million) registered female accounts were used on a regular basis, Newitz noted a clause in the terms of service which states that some accounts are for amusement purposes only.
She says Ashley Madison does not go so far as to say they are fake, but "does admit that many profiles are for 'amusement only' ".
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In 2015, the Ontario Superior Court dismissed the case without costs, a result with which Avi Weisman, vice-president and general counsel for Avid Life Media, said the company was "very pleased".
the site was hacked by a group known as "The Impact Team".
The lawsuit claimed that as a result Silva "developed severe pain in her wrists and forearms", and has been unable to work since 2011. The company claimed that Silva had been photographed jet-skiing, an activity that was unlikely for someone who had suffered serious injury to the hands and forearms.
Ashley Madison later alleged further that Silva had kept confidential documents and sought to retrieve them.
A statement denouncing proposed ads was made in 2009 when Ashley Madison attempted to purchase C$200,000 worth of advertising from the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) on the Toronto streetcar system.
Biderman offered to subsidize the TTC fare rate to .50 from .75 but the offer was declined.
More data (including some of the CEO's emails) was released on August 20, 2015.
The release included data from customers who had previously paid a fee to Ashley Madison to supposedly have their data deleted.
Any follow-up messages between the two members are free after the communication has been initiated.
Ashley Madison also has a real-time chat feature where credits buy a certain time allotment.
On August 24 the Toronto Police Department spoke of "two unconfirmed reports of suicides" associated with the leak of customer profiles along with extortion attempts, offering a 0,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hackers.