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Charging to cheat with Chatbots

July 5, 2016

“Life is short, have an affair” was the slogan of infidelity website Ashley Madison, which was famously hacked in 2015.

What they didn’t say was that you might be having a strictly online affair with a fake female profile, designed to trick you into entering your credit card details, under the misapprehension that you were chatting with a real woman rather than an algorithm.

Now Reuters reports that Ashley Madison’s parent company Avid is being investigated by the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) after class action law suits were filed in the United States and Canada on behalf of customers whose details were exposed following the hack, and amid allegations that fake female profiles were used by the site to manipulate users:

Ashley Madison “Tried to keep 70,000 fake profiles – or Fembots – secret from their users”

September 10, 2015

Ashley Madison constantly battled to keep 70,000 fake profiles – or fembots – secret from their users, it has been claimed.

The affair allegedly site lured men to spending between $60 to $290 in credits by using fictitious accounts or Ashley Angels – to interact with new users.

According to company emails and documents seen by Gizmodo, around 80 per cent of new members’ purchases were with bots – but the company has been accused of trying to hide their existence.

Identities were allegedly created using old or abandoned accounts from members who had signed up before 2011.

How Ashley Madison lied to Cheaters and cheated Liars

August 27, 2015

When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake. Later, this number got blown up in news stories that asserted “90-95%” of them were fake, though nobody put forth any evidence for such an enormous number. So I downloaded the data and analyzed it to find out how many actual women were using Ashley Madison, and who they were.

What I discovered was that the world of Ashley Madison was a far more dystopian place than anyone had realized. This isn’t a debauched wonderland of men cheating on their wives. 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.

Life is short. Ruin your relationship.

July 20, 2015

Ashley Madison, the infidelity-focused matchmaking site whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” was the target of a huge hack this weekend, and hackers are threatening to reveal data related to the accounts of millions of members.

The hack, which was reported by Krebs on Security, appears to have breached “sensitive internal data” from Avid Life Media (ALM), Ashley Madison’s Toronto-based parent company. The hacker or hackers, who go by the name “The Impact Team,” stole “maps of internal company servers, employee network account information, company bank account data and salary information,” in addition to information relating to 40 million users of Ashley Madison and its sister sites, Cougar Life and Established Men.

Hillary Clinton’s face on billboard for cheating site

June 29, 2014

Yup, that’s apparently a sketch of the former secretary of state — in full hush-hush mode — on a new billboard in Chicago hawking the Ashley Madison website, which caters to married people looking to have affairs.

The billboard’s text reads, “Harder Choices…Lead to Ashley Madison.com,” reported WFLD-TV in Chicago.

Match.com/AshleyMadison accused of creating fake female profiles for profit

November 24, 2013

Florida mom’s photos used in more than 200 bogus Match.com profiles: $1.5 billion lawsuit
‘Not a day goes by when someone doesn’t tell me that they saw my pictures posted on Match.com or another web site,’ says Yuliana Avalos, a Florida mom and part-time model who never actually signed up for the site. She charges the popular dating site with engaging in ‘one of the biggest conspiracies ever executed on the Internet.’

Lawsuit alleges Ashley Madison cheater site contains many fake female profiles

November 12, 2013

Ashley Madison — the dating site for married people seeking affairs — is riddled with fake profiles for women that encourage men to spend more money subscribing to the site, according to a Canadian lawsuit.
The suit dovetails with longtime rumors that have swirled around the site that many of the female profiles on it are fake. The company says the suit is frivolous and provided Business Insider with photographs of the plaintiff to back up its statement that her suit is without merit.

Back in July, the company claimed it had seen a surge in female users due to its mobile app.

In the suit, Doriana Silva of Toronto alleges she was hired to write Portuguese-language profiles for the Brazilian version of the site. She was paid $34,000 plus benefits, she claims. Her job consisted of creating 1,000 “fake female profiles” in three weeks, to make men think there were more women willing to cheat with them than actually existed.

“The purpose of these profiles is to entice paying heterosexual male members to join and spend money on the website,” the suit says, according to Toronto’s CityNews. “They do not belong to any genuine members of Ashley Madison — or any real human beings at all.”

The suit does not allege that creating fake profiles is illegal or unethical. Rather, Silva claims that all the typing hurt her wrists and that therefore the company should compensate her for her injuries. AM responded that Silva posted photos of herself on social media riding a jet ski after her employment with the company.