August 28, 2015 Last Updated 1:18 pm

Ashley Madison CEO resigns amid further email leaks

One wonders why this didn’t happen earlier, but Noel Biderman has stepped down as CEO of embattled Avid Life Media Inc., the company behind the Ashley Madison website. The company made the announcement in an unsigned statement on its website.

AM-250“This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base.”

That “customer base” as reports have confirmed, was made up almost entirely of men, it turns out. Since the release of the hacked data, reporters and security professionals have examined the data and the internal emails and discovered that male members of Ashley Madison were mostly paying for access to phantom lovers. The good news, I suppose, it that there must have been much less adultery going on that the site itself claimed.

Meanwhile, the company rather optimistically says it wishes to name a new CEO, but until then “the company will be led by the existing senior management team.”

Probably the best analysis of who may have behind the hack of Ashley Madison has come from Brian Krebs who posted a long report two weeks ago on the Krebs on Security website. He speculates that a Twitter user named Thadeus Zu maybe behind the hack, or at the very least knows who is.

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