Jewish CEO of Ashley Madison infidelity site resigns amid hacking scandal

"We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals," company says.

August 29, 2015 09:47
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Noel Biderman, the founder of infidelity website Ashley Madison, stepped down as CEO of Avid Life Media Inc. a company statement announced on Friday.

Avid Life Media of is the operator of the controversial site that recently made headlines after hackers targeted it and dumped a big cache of customer data from the website including millions of email addresses for US government officials, UK civil servants and high-level executives at European and North America corporations. 

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"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," the Avid Life Media statement read. 

The company also addressed the attack saying that it "was cooperating  with international law enforcement in an effort to bring those responsible for the theft of proprietary member and business information to justice."

"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."

Ashly Madison became available in Hebrew in Israel last year and at the time of the launch, Biderman, who is a Canadian-Jew, spoke to the The Jerusalem Post about the site. 

“I just got here to Israel and I promise you that you’re not a monogamous society,” said Biderman, who first visited Israel for his bar mitzva, and subsequently returned for a summer to work at Kibbutz Revivim. 

“None of us anywhere are engineered for monogamy,” Biderman told The Post. Monogamy, he argued, was put in place for keeping inheritance issues in line.

“Cohabitation kills attraction,” he offered. Between paying the bills and raising the kids and piling the frustrations on, any couple might lose the spark in the bedroom. But, he said, “People don’t want to get divorced, they want to have their cake and eat it too.” 

Niv Elis and Reuters contributed to this report. 

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