You may remember that in July, anonymous hackers threatened to reveal stolen personal information of some 40 million users of the controversial dating website (Ashley Madison’s tagline: Life is short. Users can also use their credits to send gifts, or pay more to put their message at the top of a (female) members inbox. The corporate parent of Ashley Madison, Avid Life Media, said on Monday that it had adjusted its policy for deleting user data, an apparent complaint of the hackers, but the company gave no indication that it planned to close the site. She wanted to check, though, because one of her own email accounts had been compromised recently. Long story short, every one of them turned out to be a scam trying to con me in to signing up to bogus "dating security" websites which are nothing more than poorly disguised porn sites (and not even very good ones).

There are only two possible explanations for why anyone would write Re: Tickets for Conference on an envelope they were handing to someone: 1) This woman works for a boss who has some weird Oliver Sacks neurological condition that hinders the ability to attach intangible meaning to objects; or 2) This is New Ashley Madison’s subtle way of making you think about an email subject line, which is almost assuredly how you would receive corporate plane tickets these days, which is their subtle way of reminding you that literally everything, even fooling around on your spouse, happens online these days.

Golden status: When you use this feature, you profile will appear number three on the list in the search results for other people who use the site. Everything about Ashley Madison previously screamed find your mistress here!” from their slogan Life is short. Since that time, has evolved from a married people dating site to embrace all different types of connections. Yes, there are real women on Ashley Madison. Ashley Madison currently facilitates 40,000 affairs a day and has played an undeniably important role in the dating scene — and it’s still growing.

Given that they also just showed an analog wall clock, my assumption here is that they have realized that, if they have any hope of competing in the rather crowded not-necessarily-adulterous online dating market — which this ad seems to be implying is a new target — they are going to need to go for the older crowd, which is to say the kind of people who hear the word Tinder” and then spend two minutes trying to come up with some kind of flame pun, but just end up humming Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire” until they remember that they are lonely and looking for love online.

Additionally, the company created fake female engager profiles” designed to entice male customers to shift from Ashley Madison’s free services and purchase credits to communicate with other clients. That appears to be the case in the Ashley Madison leak, in which hackers have dumped the personal data of millions of users, as well as other internal documents, onto the open web. We do NOT sell, rent or give away our member’s personal email addresses or other personal information to any third party company under any circumstance.

Perhaps Ashley Madison was so successful for so long because users were lead by hormones and poor character rather than maturity, wisdom, and good judgement. At least three sites are republishing Ashley Madison’s user data on the public-facing Internet. The most popular IP address among men and women belonged to a company called OnX, which hosted Ashley Madison’s backups. They additionally encourage users to verify their profile by sharing a copy of their driver’s licence and deploy AI applied sciences to scan private messages for red-flags such as customers beneath 18, threats of non-public hurt or fraud.