Ms Newitz said: “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.
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Annalee Newitz began her analysis by finding out that 10,000 accounts were created with the email, implying that they were test subscriptions, of which 9,000 belonged to women with the remainder categorised as male or no gender specified.
She then studied IP addresses, numerical ‘id cards’ for computers which reveal user location, and discovered the second most popular IP address, found in 80,805 profiles, was an address likely created on a ‘home’ computer at Ashley Madison.
The unusual name had over 350 entries, which Ms Newitz said was a likely result of someone creating test accounts.
In 2013 a former Ashley Madison employee claimed she was asked to create hundreds of fake profiles of “alluring females” in order to attract male subscribers.