Ashley Madison was a giant con: 2 subscribers commit suicide; female subscribers are fakes

The wages of sin.

After hackers of Ashley Madison (AM) made public the personal information of the adultery website’s 37 million subscribers, including their names, email addresses, and sexual fantasies, two subscribers apparently committed suicide.

Some of those subscribers actually used their work email addresses, as shown by the many addresses that end in .gov, .mil, a company name (WellsFargo), a university name (UTexas), and even the United Nations. (See “Pentagon/FBI investigate Ashley Madison hack, in fear of blackmail of government subscribers to adultery site”)

The Daily Mail reports, Aug. 24, 2015, that Captain Michael Gorhum, who had served for 25 years with the San Antonio Police Department in Texas, took his own life just days after hackers published his email using the official San Antonio city e-address.

Captain Michael Gorhum

Gorhum’s email address was one of three San Antonio city official email addresses which were leaked as part of the Ashley Madison, the IBTimes reports.

At a press conference on Monday, Aug. 24, Canadian police confirmed a second suicide of a man also believed to have been using AM. Police are investigating if the deaths are as a direct result of the leak of AM users.

Thus far, “famous” AM subscribers who are outed include Josh Duggar of the pious Duggar family; two reality TV dudes (whose names I don’t recognize, nor will you); and Jeff Ashton, the state attorney of Florida’s Orange and Osceola counties who gained national attention as the prosecutor in the unsuccessful murder prosecution of Casey Anthony.

The latest on Josh “Porky Pig” Duggar: He’s entered rehab. A porn star/stripper, Danica Dillon, says she had sex with Josh on two separate occasions, when Josh’s wife was pregnant with their 4th child. Dillon says Josh did not make contact with her on AM. Instead, he had approached her in a strip club. (InTouch Weekly)

Ashton said he is resigning his post after being revealed as an Ashley Madison user, but insists he had committed no crime and never followed through with an affair on the cheating website. He choked up several times during a news conference while publicly apologizing to his wife, their three children and his four adult children from previous marriages.

The Ashley Madison leak has already resulted in lawsuits filed against the company. A family lawyer described it as ‘Christmas in September’ for the industry.

Canadian widower Eliot Shore, who joined the site after his wife of 30 years died of cancer, is leading a £368 million lawsuit against Ashley Madison and demanding £4.8 million in damages after his details were published on the internet.

Ashley Madison is offering a $500,000 bounty to anyone who names the hackers and helps police secure a conviction against them.

Gawker’s Gabrielle Bluestone discovered there are only three ZIP codes in all of America which are untainted by Ashley Madison in that there is no record of AM users in those places.

But, wait. Those 3 zip codes are not in AM only because of their sparse population and lack of Internet service. They are:

  1. Nikolai, Alaska (zip code 99691) — Population: 94 (2010 Census)
  2. Perryville, Alaska (99648) — Population: 113 (2010 Census)
  3. Polvadera, New Mexico (87828) — Population:269 (2010 Census)

Read more about those 3 zip codes here.

Meanwhile, the enterprising editor-in-chief of Gizmodo, Annalee Newitz, took a detailed look at the leaked data, and concluded that most of Ashley Madison’s female accounts are fake. From Yahoo!Celebrity:

The official numbers from the site showed that 31 million of the accounts belonged to men while 5 million supposedly were linked to females. However, Newitz…found that a whopping 10,000 accounts were created with the Ashleymadison.com email, implying that they were test subscriptions. Nine thousand of those 10,000 belonged to women, while the remaining numbers were either categorized as male or no gender specified….

Ashley Madison was fueled by a façade of fake accounts. “What I discovered was that the world of Ashley Madison…isn’t a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives,” the tech editor wrote. “It isn’t even a sadscape of 31 million men competing to attract those 5.5 million women in the database. Instead, it’s like a science fictional future where every woman on Earth is dead, and some Dilbert-like engineer has replaced them with badly-designed robots… When you look at the evidence, it’s hard to deny that the overwhelming majority of men using Ashley Madison weren’t having affairs. They were paying for a fantasy….

Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created. Ashley Madison employees did a pretty decent job making their millions of women’s accounts look alive. They left the data in these inactive accounts visible to men, showing nicknames, pictures, sexy comments…. Ashley Madison is a site where tens of millions of men write mail, chat, and spend money for women who aren’t there.

In other words, Ashley Madison was a gigantic con game of its founder-CEO Noel Biderman.

Noel Biderman

The families of police captain Michael Gorhum and the Canadian suicide man should sue Noel Biderman.

To find out if an email address is a subscriber to Ashley Madison, click here.

H/t FOTM’s Anon

~Éowyn

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17 responses to “Ashley Madison was a giant con: 2 subscribers commit suicide; female subscribers are fakes

  1. Wouldn’t it be interesting to discover that the Fed Govt set up this
    site to entrap men for BLACKMAIL????

    With the ostensible owner simply acting as front man.

    Think of it. This scam has all the ear-markings of The “Obama” scam.

    Hmmmmmmmmm………

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    • I think you’re on to something there Martha, it sounds like the federal govt. type of sting doesn’t it. Remember the John DeKamp expose? Hmmmm is right.

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    • Wouldn’t it be interesting to discover that the Fed Govt set up this
      site to entrap men for BLACKMAIL????

      Or the Devil himself, aka Noel Biderman, who would fit Hollywood’s dream casting to play Satan. Father of all lies, indeed.

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      • What do you know about him?

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        • Information culled from Wikipedia

          He’s a Canadian, Jew, married with 2 kids; believes that the 10 Commandments are outdated. Whereas he insists that he had never cheated on his wife, leaked emails reportedly show Biderman had multiple affairs, one of which was a nearly 3-year-long affair with a Toronto escort. Another woman identified as ‘Melisa from the spa,’ was a student with a boyfriend, who was being compensated for her time by Biderman.

          Biderman told Business Week that he’d designed Ashley Madison to focus on married women, instead of married men because “I was very confident that men would gravitate towards a service to conduct these otherwise anonymous affairs… [but] I was much less confident that women would behave that way.”

          What Biderman should have said was “I designed Ashley Madison to exploit the stupidity and horniness of men by faking millions of phony female would-be adulterers with whom the men — 31 million! — conducted online affairs, like phone sex, while I rake in millions of dollars in membership fees.”

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          • Thank you Dr. Eowyn for providing this background about Biderman. Your last paragraph immediately set forth above, is a perfectly logical conclusion. Also, Biderman appears to have a great deal of femininity in his persona given his photograph (dear God!}. No matter how you look at Ashley Madison, it is evil to the core in that it glorifies sin, betrayal and the like, right up the devil’s alley. And to think that Biderman used this avenue to make money, not having any regard or respect for his wife and children. How absolutely horrific! Sickening!!!.

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    • As someone pointed out in some article I read recently, rather interesting that the FBI, after 15+ years of doing nothing suddenly became very interested in prosecuting Rentboy.com. Why oh why (after the whole AM “affair”) would they suddenly become so concerned with shutting down Rentboy.com?

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  2. I am wondering: Was the CIA involved in Ashley Madison in any way at all? What would be the purpose of having an adultery site with almost no women in it? AM got the names and info, and maybe the money: Now what do they do with that info?

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  3. Let’s just hope the Government handles THIS sting with more efficiency than their US/Mexico Gun Running Sting,what was it-“Fast and Sloppy”…..

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  4. noel a nice money grubbing jew that he is, less then an up and up company and the utter mess this has caused for many …. shame on the ones using this site, you hurt your better half and your families

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  5. How tragic. God Bless the souls of those who suicided and those whose lives were hurt, and those who made mistakes by using this shameful site.

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  6. Up till now I think most folks didn’t even know about AM so it seems to me that they are getting tons of free advertising. While that ugly site is probably legal, they seem to be pimps to me, I have to wonder about the moral and ethical side of it. Seems to me that most folks don’t seemed concerned with morals or ethics when folks are over 18 and can legally do what they want. Should our standards be that low?! I really think that who-ever dumped the info was not thinking of the innocents that are hurt by this. Again, I am not condoning AM or it’s users, but is seems to me that a lot of innocent people are being hurt by all this. Can’t imagine how family and kids could face the humiliation of all of it. Why hurt those who had nothing to do with it?

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  7. It has also been reported that the email address for Officer Gorhum was published on a cop-hating website Cop Blocker and that his email address was not one released by the AM hackers.

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