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Ashley Madison grows subscribers by 4m despite hack attack

Subscribers to the infidelity dating website Ashley Madison, which suffered a major hack attack this summer, rose from around 39m at the time of the attack in August to 43m, according to its website.

The website was targeted by hackers in August, who threatened to expose details of its members if the owner of the website Avid Life Media didn’t take the website down. The Hackers subsequently did release the majority of the data, exposing millions of its members.

Now, on the company’s website, the rolling counter for the amount of paying members shows that interest in the website has risen sharply, despite the fact that hackers posted 9.7 gigabytes of information on the ‘dark web’, including member account and credit card details, including email addresses.

According to a CNN article, Avid Life Media are not commenting on the reasons for the sharp rise and are purely referring to a statement released in August that said reports suggesting it would shortly cease to exist were “greatly exaggerated.”