WATCH ABOVE: The parent company of Ashley Madison has issued a press release defying recent bad press. Mark Carcasole reports.
TORONTO – Avid Life Media Inc., parent company of embattled affair facilitating website Ashley Madison, is denying claims that the website is losing users in the wake of a massive data breach which exposed millions of users’ personal information.
The company claims it’s seen “hundreds of thousands” of new users signing up for the site in the past week alone.
“Recent media reports predicting the imminent demise of Ashley Madison are greatly exaggerated,” read a statement issued by the company Monday.
“The company continues its day-to-day operating even as it deals with the theft of its private data by criminal hackers. Despite having our business and customers attacked we are growing.”
According to the company’s statement, more than 87,000 women signed up for the affair facilitating website in the last week. Avid Life Media added that women sent more than 2.8 million messages on AshleyMadison.com in the past week.
Ashley Madison appears to have been on a bit of a downward spiral since hackers stole its database and made it public earlier this month.
Some of the data that was released online includes at least seven years’ worth of credit card and payment information, names, email accounts, home addresses and message history.
Avid Life Media announced Friday that CEO Noel Biderman was stepping down in as part of a “mutual agreement.”
An announcement from the company said its existing senior management team will lead the operations until a replacement is found.
“We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals,” Avid Life said in a statement. “We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members.”
Last week, a $578-million national class-action lawsuit was launched for subscribers of Ashley Madison who had personal information released to the public.
The suit targets Avid Dating Life Inc. and Avid Life Media Inc.
The company has also been scrutinized for its handling of the data breach – many pointing out the company has not done much to comfort users affected by the data leak.
– With files from Global News’ David Shum and Adam Frisk