NEW YORK – Earlier this month, hackers released millions of names and email addresses of people signed up for the cheating website, Ashley Madison.
However, Gizmodo reports that not everything is as it seems.
The hack revealed that only about 5.5 million of the 37 million accounts belonged to women, but Gizmodo reports that after a little digging, that number continues to dwindle.
After analyzing various data including ashleymadison.com email addresses, IP addresses and popular last names, researchers determined that most of the female profiles on the site were fake.
Gizmodo says about 20.2 million men had checked messages in their accounts at least once. However, only 1,492 women had ever checked their messages.
Also, only 2,400 women had ever engaged in a chat on the site, compared to 11 million men.
“[The women’s profiles] were still overwhelmingly inactive. They were not created by women wanting to hook up with married men. They were static profiles full of dead data, whose sole purpose was to make men think that millions of women were active on Ashley Madison,” the site claims.
However, Avid Life Media, the company that owns Ashley Madison, denied those claims.