(A spokesperson for Ashley Madison declined to comment.) That, more than anything, would seem to prove the immortality of our online sins: There’s no erasing the digital past. Here, for reference, is how Ashley Madison’s “Full Delete” feature worked.Suppose you thought about stepping out on your spouse, started up an Ashley Madison profile and then promptly regretted it.Rachael Pells Ashley Madison isn’t the only option for online cheaters.Within seconds of joining the 1.01 million “genuine” users of for “investigation”, I have nine new messages from potential suitors and 25 profile views.We are working with law enforcement agencies, which are investigating. There’s the option to send digital gifts: a teddy bear, a rose or a sapphire necklace (at £16! I swap the last of my credits for 30 minutes of live chat.Any and all parties responsible for this act of cyber–terrorism will be held responsible.”For now, the site is still charging, apparently banking on the impulsivity that drives online gambling. A message pops up “hi can give you a strip show right now… ” I am directed to a live webcam site but with one eye on my expenses claim, I decide to call it a day and let the flood of red-lip emojis cascade over me.I’m also dismayed to find that Naughty Boy69 is also unavailable. Two hours later my inbox is still ringing hollow – not a single response.Testing if the experience is gender-specific, I coax a female colleague (see right) into signing up to a rival site. On a separate account, posing as a woman, I get chatting to a male user.
I hit the first hurdle when both usernames Naughty Boy88 and Naughty Boy1988 are taken.
Monday morning could’ve been a very, very awkward one for the 37 million members of Ashley Madison, a Web site that helps married people cheat.
Late Sunday night, the site was hacked by a group calling themselves “The Impact Team.” The hackers claim to have gained access to reams of user data beyond any voyeur’s wildest dreams: “customers’ secret sexual fantasies,” “nude pictures and conversations,” “credit card transactions” with real names and addresses.
Aping a provincial nightclub, women are granted full use of the site free of charge, while men have to pay. I can’t help but wonder why he didn’t just sign up for the Affair Guarantee Package of 2,000 credits at a reasonable £229.80.
While I um and ah about forking out another wedge, the messages start to arrive.