Ashley Madison CEO steps down in wake of hacking

FILE - A June 10, 2015 photo from files showing Ashley Madison's Korean web site on a computer screen in Seoul, South Korea. U.S. government employees with sensitive jobs in national security or law enforcement were among hundreds of federal workers found to be using government networks to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison, The Associated Press has learned. The list includes at least two assistant U.S. attorneys, an information technology administrator in the White House’s support staff, a Justice Department investigator, a division chief, and a government hacker and counterterrorism employee at the Homeland Security Department. Others visited from networks operated by the Pentagon. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The CEO of adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company’s computer systems and outing of millions of its members.

Avid Life Media Inc., Ashley Madison’s parent company, says Noel Biderman’s departure was a mutual decision and in the best interest of the company.

Hackers originally breached Avid Life’s systems in July and then posted the information online a month later after the company didn’t comply with their demands to shut down.

Ashley Madison, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair,” purports to have nearly 40 million members.

 

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