Since Ashley Madison was hacked and details of those using the cheating service were posted online, the company that owns the site claims its membership numbers have actually increased. However, figures published Monday show that traffic to the website has plummeted by more than 80 percent while there has also been a significant shift in the location of its users, with Vietnam replacing the U.S. as the country with the most visitors.
Last month Avid Life Media (ALM), the Canadian company that owns Ashley Madison as well as similar websites like Established Men and Cougar Life claimed membership of its cheating service had increased from 39 million in August — when hackers breached its security and published account holders’ information online — to 43.4 million. Some questioned the validity of those figures based on ALM’s previous practice of creating fake accounts to lure users to try the site.
Conversely, Vietnam, which was not among the top 10 referrer countries in June, is now number one, accounts for 18.2 percent of all Ashley Madison traffic. It is unclear why Vietnam is suddenly a huge referrer for the cheating service.
Ashley Madison has not responded to a request for comment at the time of publication.