Ashley Madison CEO Steps Down After Company Hack

by Jackie Willis 8:43 AM PDT, August 28, 2015
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After Josh Duggar and other celebrities were outed for being members of the adultery dating website Ashley Madison, the company's CEO, Noel Biderman, has stepped down.

According to a statement given to ET on Friday by Avid Life Media Inc. (ALM), Ashley Madison's parent company, Biderman's departure is a mutual decision and is "in the best interest of the company." This announcement comes following a massive company-wide hack that exposed millions of the site's members.

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As for the major breach of privacy the site's members endured this past week, the company says they are working on it.

"We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals," the statement notes. "We will continue to provide access to our unique platforms for our worldwide members. We are actively cooperating with international law enforcement in an effort to bring those responsible for the theft of proprietary member and business information to justice."

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Ashley Madison, whose slogan is "Life is short. Have an affair," claims to have nearly 40 million members, and since its systems were hacked, several reality stars have faced public scrutiny.

Jersey Shore star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi's husband, Jionni LaValle, was accused of being a member of the adultery site, but both he and his wife have denied such claims.

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Meanwhile, The Real Housewives of New York star Kristen Taekman’s husband, Josh, admitted to having an Ashley Madison account.

"I signed up for the site foolishly and ignorantly with a group of friends and I deeply apologize for any embarrassment or pain I have brought to my wife and family," Josh said in a statement to ET. "We both look forward to moving past this and getting on with our lives."

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Former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar also confessed to having two Ashley Madison accounts, and recently checked himself into a treatment center.

Two family members of Josh's spoke to ET exclusively about his recent decision to seek professional help. 

"Josh’s integrity is gone," one member of the Duggar family said. "It’s scary. You never know who can have a double life. You really think you know someone. Josh was caught with his hand in the cookie jar and I hope he gets broken in rehab and gets the help he needs. I hope [Josh's wife] Anna finds the strength to make some changes."