This morning, more than a month after hackers first breached the database of the “adultery dating” website Ashley Madison, and a week after the first of several subsequent data dumps, Ashley Madison's parent company Avid Life Media announced that CEO Noel Biderman is resigning, effective immediately and “in mutual agreement with the company.”
Avid Life Media is already facing at least four class action suits over the hacking and subsequent data dumps, which made public vast amounts of supposedly confidential user data and administrative records, including company emails to and from Biderman himself. Among other incriminating things, the data shows that Ashley Madison may have lied about the size of its (practically non-existent) female clientele, hired workers to create fake female profiles, and even hacked into a competitor's website in 2012. A look at leaked company emails also suggests that the married Biderman himself had multiple affairs, though not with Ashley Madison clients.
Avid Life's full statement says:
Effective today [August 28], Noel Biderman, in mutual agreement with the company, is stepping down as Chief Executive Officer of Avid Life Media Inc. (ALM) and is no longer with the company. 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.
As of press time, Ashley Madison's website remains active, still promises “100% discreet service” and continues to claim that “Thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands signup everyday [sic] looking for an affair.”