So not only did men outnumber women more than 5 to 1, but less than 1 percent of those female profiles were even active.
Which means that any guys looking to have an extramarital affair were spending tons of money (the site was free for women) for a site that gave them really, really low odds.
A hacker group called The Impact Team leaked internal memos from Ashley Madison's parent company, Avid Life, which revealed the widespread use of sexbots — artificially-intelligent programs, posing as real people, intended to seduce lonely hearts like Russell into paying for premium service. The strangers hitting you up for likes on Facebook? And, like many online trends, this one's rising up from the steamier corners of the web.
Bloggers poured over the data, estimating that of the 5.5 million female profiles on the site, as few as 12,000 were real women — allegations that Ashley Madison denied. Bots are infiltrating just about every dating service.
"It's really difficult to find them," says Ben Trenda, Are You Human's CEO.
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Unlike or e Harmony, Ashley Madison's business model is based on credits rather than monthly subscriptions.
These bots were programmed to engage the website’s users in online chats, getting them to subscribe to the website’s services.
"' Let me go ahead and put in my credit card information.'" Russell paid 0 for 1,000 credits, which he could spend on sending replies or virtual gifts. After a few months of rejection, he didn't bother to log back on Ashley Madison again.
Last July, he found out that he wasn't the only one getting the silent treatment.
Despite the fact that the bots were designed to only contact males, they didn’t always function as they should have.
This workfocuses on a series of insubordinate bots that, in a post-anthropocentric fashion, displayed anarchic and unpredictable behaviors, such as chatting with each other for no apparent reason or contacting female users even if they weren’t programmed to do so.