Today the Ashley Madison website released the following statement:
“Effective today, 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.”
The resignation doesn't really come as a surprise. In July, hackers stole information from over 37 million accounts from the site which has been the talk of the town for helping married people set up extramarital affairs. Over the course of the past month millions of user emails have been leaked, as well as a list of users who paid to have their accounts deleted from the site's database. Police are also investigating a possible connection to two suicides and several blackmail attempts.
Biderman insists that he has never cheated on his wife, but even that has come into question as the hacker group (which goes by the name Impact Team) has released incriminating information suggesting otherwise. The company is also being sued for emotional distress of its customers.
One of the most famous people outed in the leak was Josh Duggar of 19 Kids and Counting fame. The reality TV star has openly admitted to being unfaithful to his wife, the mother of his four children, after he was exposed for using Ashley Madison. The 27-year-old has since admitted himself into rehab. 19 Kids and Counting was cancelled by TLC when it was revealed that Duggar had molested five girls including four of his own sisters.