7 Things the Ashley Madison Subscriber in Your Life Needs

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Ashley Madison most popular in Ottawa as private eyes, divorce lawyers see rise in business following massive hack.

Hackers have threatened to release the information of 37 million cheating spouses on the website Ashley Madison and it turns out a lot of them are living in capital cities.The exposure prompted a business boom for the divorce lawyers and private investigators in the capital city, which is Ashley Madison’s No. 1 Canadian hookup hub and potentially the site’s highest per capita globally.

In fact, there’s a sense of justice I feel knowing a cheating website whose slogan is “Life is short – Have an affair” might have got what it deserved. The hackers — furious over Ashley Madison’s delete system that allegedly doesn’t permanently delete users’ info — stole personal and financial data from the site’s 37 million subscribers.

Hackers threatened to leak details including the credit card information, nude photos, sexual fantasies and real names of as many as 37 million customers worldwide of Ashley Madison, which uses the slogan: “Life is short. Call me judgmental, but the fact is, the adultery site makes it really easy for men and women to resort to cheating when life at home isn’t as blissful as they’d prefer. None of the information has yet been released, and the website’s parent’s company — which also owns Cougarlife.com — was planning to go public later this year. Have an affair.” The website’s Canadian parent, Avid Life Media, said it had since secured the site and was working with law enforcement agencies to trace those behind the attack. “Everybody says Ottawa is a sleepy town and here we are with 200,000 people running around on each other,” said municipal employee Jon Weaks, 27, as he took a break at an outdoor cafe near the nation’s Parliament. Instead of trying to fix a romantic relationship or even leave an unhealthy situation, people can visit AshleyMadison.com, a veritable candy store with endless flavors of potential cheating partners.

Though the site has apologized for the breach, business reports suggest it can “kiss its IPO goodbye.” But the fallout may rock more than just the company boardroom: According to the website’s data, political capitals around the world boast an abundance of users. The one bright spot for millions of Ashley Madison’s nervous clients is that the hack appears to be an inside job, according to police and intelligence sources. Ashley Madison assured customers it had secured the leak Tuesday, and offered to waive its $19 delete fee for subscribers wishing to remove their accounts.

The hacking collective, which calls itself “The Impact Team,” busted into the site earlier this week and immediately posted some of the private information online. Millions of people, apparently. “Tell us more about you” was the last question of the profile setup, with a sample answer that read: “I’m looking for a man who can provide the passion that has long been missing from my marriage.” This answer made my heart sink. Research has shown that powerful men, whether in business, sports or politics, are more likely to cheat — even in school — so why wouldn’t that apply to the growing number of women on top as well?

It’s also a complete lie,” the hacking group wrote. “Users almost always pay with credit card; their purchase details are not removed as promised, and include real name and address, which is of course the most important information the users want removed.” Ashley Madison said it removed all personal information that the intruders posted in their first release. The hackers want Avid Life to shut down the website, as well as a second one it runs, EstablishedMen.com which is widely described as a “sugar daddy site,” but has no issues with CougarLife.com, a site for older women looking for hookups. “In our buttoned-down city, it may not be acceptable to openly explore outside of a committed relationship,” said Ottawa marriage counselor Nataxja Cini.

The site’s philosophy is basically saying that if your relationship lacks good sex, joining a dating site to find someone else to sleep with is a good solution. Feeling depressed by viewing all the cheaters out there, I decided to call Lisa Kaplin, a certified life coach and psychologist, and the founder of her Long Grove-based practice, Smart Women Inspired Lives, to ask how this website from hell ended up with 37 million members. “Ask yourself, ‘What’s missing? The hackers claim to have stolen sensitive information from every user. “We’re on the doorstep of (confirming) who we believe is the culprit,” he told cybersecurity expert Bryan Krebs Sunday. “I’ve got their profile right in front of me, all their work credentials. Still, one Ottawa resident, who declined to give her last name, said it is unsurprising the small government town is home to so many Ashley Madison clients. “In a blue collar city, they’re not going to use a website, they’re going to do it at a bar,” said Kary, 38. Are my kids getting older and I’m feeling like my purpose in life is less clear?'” Kaplin said. “Most people report that they cheat because their spouse doesn’t pay attention to them.” She said once you figure out what the issue is, either via therapy or self-discovery, the next step is having a heart to heart with your spouse to share what you need and want, or to find fulfillment for yourself.

Kaplin also said that although it might be extremely difficult, you might end up having to accept the reality that you’re not in a relationship that works for you any longer and end it. “A divorce can feel like a failure; it can be devastating to children and being alone is very scary,” she said. “But if you cheat instead of leave, you could be hurting your spouse more.” The bottom line: AshleyMadison.com is a Band-Aid.

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