Ottawa in Canada has just been declared the Cheating Capital of the world, as more news of cheating website, Ashley Madison being hacked continues to make waves.
According to the Toroto-based Avid Life Media who runs Ashley Madison, in February alone they recorded 189,810 users from the Canadian city with 883,000 in population. This roughly translates that 1 out of 5 Ottawans cheat through the notorious website.
Cheating capital of the world: Ottawa
According to News.com, Noel Biderman, chief executive of Avid Life Media, told a Canadian newspaper earlier this year that Ottawa was the marriage infidelity hotbed of the world. He claims the top postcode for Ashley Madison members is Parliament Hill, the home of Canada?s parliament.
Mr Biderman said capital cities around the world tended to have higher subscription rates, due to ?power, fame and opportunity.?
In the same report, an Ottawa marriage counsellor Nataxja Cini said the city was full of professionals with demanding careers, many in government, which could put a strain on relationships. But being part of a stable family was still seen as a badge of success, and so an Ashley Madison subscription may be preferable alternative to a divorce.
?In our buttoned-down city, it may not be acceptable to openly explore outside of a committed relationship,? Ms Cini said.
Almost 40-million cheaters in danger of exposure
The site, with the tagline ?Life is short. Have an affair,? has been facilitating cheaters and users who have considered cheating, via an online platform that is founded on confidentiality and privacy, is said to have been breached by individuals who now have all the names of its users.
Ashley Madison Hacked
According to a report, the hackers, which called themselves ?The Impact Team?, posted a small sample of sensitive data (since taken offline) stolen from Avid Life Media, the company that owns AshleyMadison, along with other hookup sites Cougar Life and Established Men.
The data was accompanied by a statement, demanding the takedown of AshleyMadison and Established Men. If that doesn?t happen, the hackers are threatening to leak the full details ? names, addresses, sexual fantasies ? of AshleyMadison?s 37 million users.
ALM Chief Executive Noel Bideran gave a statement to security blog, KrebsOnSecurity, saying that the company was ?working diligently and feverishly? to take down ALM?s intellectual property.
?We?re not denying this happened,? Biderman said. ?Like us or not, this is still a criminal act.?
Besides snippets of account data apparently sampled at random from among?some 40?million users across ALM?s trio of properties, the hackers leaked maps of internal company servers, employee network account information, company bank account data and salary information.
The hacking activity happened less than two?months after intruders stole and leaked online user data on millions of accounts from hookup site AdultFriendFinder.
Incidentally, Canada?s Vancouver ranked lowest among Ashley Madison?s cheater hot spots.