500 would-be adulterers signed up to cheating site

The Ashley Madison website.
The Ashley Madison website.

More than 500 would-be adulterers in Coleraine signed up to use a website that aims to facilitate extra-marital affairs.

Figures show that Coleraine had 581 registered users on the Ashley Madison ‘infidelity’ website.

And the number of registered users in Ballymoney is 222, Portstewart 95, Ballycastle 64, Portrush 82, Bushmills 34 and Castlerock 22.

Not surprisingly, Belfast had the biggest number of registered users in Northern Ireland with 8,520. In Lisburn the figure was 976 registered users.

Launched in 2001, Ashley Madison claims to have over 40 million anonymous members worldwide and has the slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair”. Its website has a section dedicated to ‘Infidelity News’.

An online dating service based in Canada that is marketed to people who are married or in a committed relationship, it hit the headlines around the world earlier this summer when it emerged that details of more than 33 million accounts had been stolen from the website.

As well as dealing with the data theft, the company that owns the website has also furiously denied recent claims that the vast majority of its female profiles are fake.

The Times newspaper revealed that there are over 1.3 million British profiles contained on the leaked database. It published details of the towns and cities from across the UK with over 100 registered users.

Billing itself as the world’s leading married dating service for ‘discreet’ encounters, Ashley Madison has stated that it is “actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals”.

A group of hackers calling themselves ‘The Impact Team’ has claimed responsibility for the theft of Ashley Madison’s customer data, which was originally reported by a variety of media outlets in July.

They also threatened to reveal the data unless the Ashley Madison website was taken down.

The BBC reported that this stolen customer data had been leaked on the so-called ‘dark web’, meaning it is accessible only via encrypted browsers. The material allegedly posted included members accounts and credit card details.