Well, This Just FiguresI've been following the Ashley Madison hack with bemusement.
I am obviously not a fan of people hacking company databases, but man, what a sleazy company, and the entertainment value has been incredibly high. It's been popcorn-worthy almost every day.
Today, though, topped them all.
You might want to have a read, if you missed it: Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site.
Short version: in the AM database, there were 31.5 million registered male users and 5.5 registered female users. Over 20 million men (of 31 million, remember) had checked their mail messages after creating an account. 1,492 women had.
Yes, that's not a typo. Just a shade under fifteen hundred.
They also had some kind of instant chat system. 11 million male users had used it. 2,409 women had used it.
Again, not a typo.
So it certainly appears that AM had people creating buckets and buckets of profiles, just for their male users to have profiles to scan. Over 99% of the female accounts had no activity once they'd been created.
P.T. Barnum was an optimist.