Company in shambles, marriages ruined. My work here is done, says Ashley Madison CEO

Noel Biderman quits hacked biz

Noel Biderman has quit as chief exec of Avid Life Media, the parent of adultery website Ashley Madison. If you can't think why, or don't know what Ashley Madison is by now, then you must have been living under a rock for the past month – and we'd be grateful if you could let us join you.

After hackers ransacked the Ashley Madison website, and leaked databases containing 36 million accounts plus source code and Biderman's company emails, all hell has broken loose – from lawsuits against Avid Life Media to suicides linked to the outing of its love-rat users. It even turned out not that many women were using the Tinder-for-cheaters biz, and paying $19 to delete your account on the site left all sorts of personal information intact.

"Effective today, Noel Biderman, in mutual agreement with the company, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Avid Life Media, and is no longer with the company," Toronto-based ALM said in a statement earlier today.

"Until the appointment of a new CEO, the company will be led by the existing senior management team. This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base.

"We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals. We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members. We are actively cooperating with international law enforcement in an effort to bring those responsible for the theft of proprietary member and business information to justice."

Biderman founded Ashley Madison – slogan: "Life is short, have an affair" – in 2001. ®

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