Ashley Madison, the website that openly urged people to commit adultery, may have had thousands of members from India. According to details emerging from a hacking of the website, New Delhi topped Indian cities with 38,652 users. According to a report in Hindustan Times, the members were spread geographically “rom Jodhpur to Aizawl, (and) Leh to Nagercoil.”
Mumbai had 33,036 members, followed by Chennai with 16,434 and Kolkata with 11,807. The report cited a geographical distribution map created by the Spanish digital agency Tecnilógica to say a substantial number of members from India included women.
Besides the metros, several state capitals had thousands of users. Hyderabad had 12,825, Bengaluru 11,561, Ahmedabad 7,009, Chandigarh 2,918, Jaipur 5,045, Lucknow 3,885 and Patna 2,524, Hindustan Times said.
The data’s accuracy is uncertain since members were only required to provide an email address that was never verified. Canada-based Avid Life Media, which owns the Ashley Madison website, also did not verify other personal details provided by members.
The website that had as its slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair,” had about 37 million users when it was hacked by a group that calls itself the Impact Team. The hackers’ motive has been unclear as they published data that include credit card details, email addresses and, in some cases, sexual preference of the site’s registered members.