Nearly two weeks have passed since adultery website Ashley Madison was hacked, exposing account information for more than 30 million users. Private membership information including names, email addresses and detailed sexual preferences were made public.
But despite the negative press and the resignation of Ashley Madison’s CEO Noel Biderman, the site says its userbase is still growing.
“This past week alone, hundreds of thousands of new users signed up for the Ashley Madison platform – including 87,596 women,” a recent press release stated.
Previous reports suggest that the extramarital affairs website served primarily men. According to a break down of the users by Gizmodo’s editor-in-chief Annalee Newitz, only about 5 million of the 30 million hacked accounts were owned by women. Newitz also found that many of those female accounts may have been test or dummy accounts created by Ashley Madison’s staff.
Ashley Madison responded with some user stats that contradict Newitz’s findings. The company says more than 2 million messages are sent by women on its network each week.
The company also says the press has blown its hack out of proportion and the company is asking users to keep an open mind about its service.
“Some journalists have turned the focus of the criminal act against Ashley Madison inside out, attacking us instead of the hackers,” the statement from Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, reads. “Ashley Madison is the number one service for real people seeking discreet encounters. We invite everyone to visit our website or our app and make up their own mind.”