[T]he more I examined those 5.5 million female profiles, the more obvious it became that none of them had ever talked to men on the site, or even used the site at all after creating a profile. Actually, scratch that. As I’ll explain below, there’s a good chance that about 12,000 of the profiles out of millions belonged to actual, real women who were active users of Ashley Madison.The writer's italics.
But wait! It gets better:
I started my search in an obvious place. Were there any patterns in the personal email addresses that people listed when they signed up? I figured that if I were an admin at Ashley Madison creating fake profiles, I would use ashleymadison.com for the email addresses because it’s easy and obvious. No real Ashley Madison customer would have an Ashley Madison company email. So I searched for any email address that ended in ashleymadison.com. Bingo. There were about 10 thousand accounts with ashleymadison.com email addresses. Many of them sounded like they’d been generated by a bot, like the dozens of addresses listed as firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, 300@ashleymadison, and so on.My bold type.
And finally this:
Overall, the picture is grim indeed. Out of 5.5 million female accounts, roughly zero percent had ever shown any kind of activity at all, after the day they were created.Again, my bold type.
I wrote this post about a year ago because I was noticing that there was an increase in the number of profiles from women who sought "something long term," as if a website dedicated to helping married people cheat would be a great place for a woman to find a long-term relationship. I had no idea that nearly 98% of these profiles were fake, or that nearly 100 percent of the female profiles had ever been used after the day they were created!
So basically the Ashley Madison hack was all about busting men, like me, who actually put up profiles on the site. Granted, I haven't used the site in over a year, but I sent messages. God only knows how many of them were answered by employees of Ashley Madison.