Noel Biderman, CEO of Avid Life Media who own the massively-hacked adultery website Ashley Madison, has left the company.
The announcement was made in a brief statement published by the site.
Toronto, ON, August 28 – 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.
This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base.
We are actively adjusting to the attack on our business and members’ privacy by criminals. 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.
The news of Biderman’s departure comes within days of the company offering a Canadian $500,000 reward for information leading to the prosecution of whoever hacked into the website and leaked its user database.
Whether it was the hack, the handling of the hack, or revelations about Avid Life Media’s CEO’s private life that made Biderman’s position untenable is unclear.
What is clear to me is that the likes of the Daily Mail and BuzzFeed have been guilty of a gross invasion of privacy, by republishing the content of private emails sent by Biderman that the hackers released onto the net.
I really cannot see how their publication in the media can be in considered in the public interest. I wonder how the Daily Mail and BuzzFeed‘s editors would feel if their private, personal emails were raked through with as much vigour, and if their most salacious tit-bits shared with the world.
Whether you like the idea of the Ashley Madison website or not, its staff are human beings. And they have families and loved ones. Some of them are victims of a criminal act, just like those people who trusted the site with their personal information.
Biderman wasn’t a politician elected to public office on a platform of family values who had pulled the wool over the eyes of voters. He was the CEO of a dating site with the motto “Life is short, have an affair” for goodness sake…Further reading:
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