Millions of men making arrangements to cheat on their wives through ashleymadison.com were looking for love in all the wrong places in more ways than one, data shows.
Globally, 86 per cent of Ashley Madison users were men. In Canada it was 82 per cent, in the United States it was 84 per cent, and in Britain 90.2 per cent of site users were male.
The discrepancy can’t be accounted for by gay men in heterosexual marriages – only one per cent of Ashley Madison users were men seeking sex with men. Instead, they were almost all straight men seeking sex with a tiny group of women.
On Tuesday, hackers apparently made good on threats to publish data on 32 million users of the service.
Experts said the data appeared to be authentic, in the sense of actually being from ashleymadison.com and not faked.
Hackers noted the discrepancy in a note they attached to the database.
“Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters,” the note said.
Oddly, over a third of all users identify as single: 36 per cent of women, and 39 per cent of men.