1001 Ashley Madison users in SLO County

August 28, 2015

By CALCOASTNEWS STAFF

In San Luis Obispo County, of the 1001 participants on the hookup website Ashley Madison, 978 are men and 23 are women. The largest single occupation for local users is lawyer followed by doctor.

Users include pastors, school teachers, a large number of business owners, three local media executives, government workers, and several family members of a high-ranking government official. The list also includes Arroyo Grande Citizen of the Year Lenny Jones, who is currently housed in the county jail while he faces charges of child molestation.

On July 12, hackers threatened to expose users of the site if its administrators did not take it down. On Aug. 17, the hackers followed through on their threat and released the credit card and billing information of the more than 37 million users of Ashley Madison.

The site, with a tagline that says, “Life is short, have an affair,” claims it provides participants access to married people wanting to have an affair.

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CalCoastNews’ technical team downloaded the Ashley Madison financial charges, personal profiles and messages, and separated it by San Luis Obispo County zip codes. Editorial staff then pored over the information and contacted a handful of users in order to provide more information on San Luis Obispo County’s Ashley Madison participants. CalCoastNews is not planning to publish the list or name most members of the site.

Of the top seven users in total numbers of billing charges, six were men and one was a woman. Ashley Madison users convert money for credits they spend when they message other users.

The top user was a successful businessman who made 83 payments to Ashley Madison from 2012 through 2014. The man lived in Avila Beach until he died earlier this year with his wife holding his hand, according to his obituary.

The second most prolific user, with 55 purchases, is a man who works for PG&E and lives in Atascadero. A 71-year-old Los Osos man is third on the list.

Tied for fourth and fifth place are a pastor from Paso Robles and a female dancer from Arroyo Grande. A Shandon rancher is sixth on the list and a Creston farmer is seventh.

Of the 23 women on the list, one is a Nipomo woman who describes herself on Facebook as a wife, mother and member of a service club. There is a dancer, an instructor with the Atascadero Unified School District, a nurse at the Atascadero State Hospital, an attorney’s wife (he is on there also), and several government employees.

One San Luis Obispo man in his 30s initially responded, “I don’t remember signing up for Ashley Madison.” when asked about his name appearing on the list. He then said, “You didn’t look at the pictures, did you?”

A San Luis Obispo based attorney said he began utilizing Ashley Madison at a time he was no longer intimate with his wife, though they were still living together. “I was still married, that’s why I joined Ashley Madison,” he said.

A local media executive who participated in Ashley Madison from 2008 through 2013, said that along with his wife he now counsels other couples about the perils of internet cheat sites. The San Luis Obispo man said his wife is aware of his participation with Ashley Madison, but his children are not.

“It is part of my past that I’m not proud of,” he said. “It’s been about 10 years since I’ve been on the site.”

When the hackers released the data, they claimed that thousands of the 5.5 million female profiles were fakes added by Ashley Madison to attract men.

In San Luis Obispo County, only 2 percent of paid participants from July 2008 through May 2015 were female. Of those, it appears only one, the dancer, was an active user of the site after joining.

These numbers support what several men told CalCoastNews, that though they checked their Ashley Madison mail and sent messages, they never actually met in person any of the women they chatted with on Ashley Madison.

From July 2008 through May 2015, San Luis Obispo County residents paid approximately $85,000 to join and participate on Ashley Madison.

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Pelican1

You reap what you sow….it’s not rocket science.


scoopone

Good job CCN….it’s been national news recently so CCN has a right to look into it….I wonder if some of our local politicians have been uncovered!!!


Pelican1

Hmmm…I wonder how many of them are government employees.


pnishaven

Wonder if all your thumbs down are those gov’t employees?


Moderator

Personal attacks deleted, please keep it about the article not your opinion of each other.


Continued attacks will jeopardize your ability to comment.


esteroboy

If you want privacy, don’t go to the internet. For anything. Google, Facebook, on-line transactions…everything is a track record.


racket

Love the typo in the 4th paragraph:


“The site, with a tagline that says, ‘Life is short, have an affair,’ claims it provides participants access to marred (sic) people wanting to have an affair.”


hijinks

“978 are men and 23 are woman.” Hmn. Not sure how that works out, assuming hetero people. Maybe it’s a gay site?


mkaney

From the hackers (not the part about fake profiles)


“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men. We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.


Find someone you know in here? Keep in mind the site is a scam with thousands of fake female profiles. See ashley madison fake profile lawsuit; 90-95% of actual users are male. Chances are your man signed up on the world’s biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to. If that distinction matters.


Find yourself in here? It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.”


cosmos7

This is really kind of sad… I expect more from CalCoastNews. This is not news, this is muck-raking. If you guys found misuse of taxpayer resources pertaining to usage of the site it’d be a story. Public figure (elected maybe) with a high moral stance found using the site? That’d be a story.


You guys are pretending like SLO County residents spending $85K on this is news. It isn’t. People do stupid stuff all the time, and poking in their personal lives to ask them about their failings isn’t noteworthy. Grow a set and get back to chasing the real stories in this county… chasing the latest sexy scandal *should* be beneath you.


kettle

So you were a member, for how many years?


Also this is national news for many reasons and how it relates to SLO is local news.

Do you go on the trib and rail against the home and garden articles? perhaps the press releases?


Most people skip reading things that don’t interest them.


achillesheal

I agree with the “if you play, be prepared to pay” philosophy, however, publishing specfic information about someone who is now dead is a little over the top and may have been better left alone.


kettle

achillesheal says:”publishing specfic information about someone”


Really? You know who that was? No. Perhaps the details were changed? Do you know? No.


Keep grasping…..


achillesheal

Do a google search and you’ll see exactly who it is.


Grasping?


kettle

Perhaps, but again we don’t know the details or the changes of the data vs what was written.


Also the data dump is available to Anyone now and in the future, to dig in, websites with email searches of the data. It only a matter of time before some puts the whole thing up live for people to look at publicly. This already exists at thousands of private mysql servers. I am far more concerned for what others may do to/with the California AM data.


cosmos7

I’m not even married, so I don’t really have a reason to have used the site. Believe that or don’t, it’s really kind of irrelevant.


It’s news when a large site is compromised and user information is revealed, sure. But anything else in this case is just pushing scandal. Is my spouse a member? What about my neighbor or boss? Oooo… sexy, tantalizing, exciting!


CCN isn’t reporting on the actual news in this case. It’s pretending it’s a story and perpetuating the scandal by contacting SLO AM members and asking them why they were stupid. Is it newsworthy that some PG&E employee that lives in Atascadero made 55 purchases? No, it’s muck-raking, and I expect better from one of the only real sources of news in this community. I expect that kind of sensationalized news from the Tribune (plus or minus the garden section), not from CCN.


kettle

cosmos7 says: “It’s news when a large site is compromised and user information is revealed, sure.”


Yes it is news, you are just taking it personally for some reason.


granola_girl

The news part is the data breech– the rest is just gossip. Not surprised CCN would do a data dive through it. Right up their alley to keep a list of AM users so that if they happen to dig up other stuff in the future they can add a line to their article: “so and so, who who made 30 payments to AM, was involved in _____ alleged scandal, etc”


The only good part of the data breech was exposing AM as fraudulent enterprise where men were essentially paying for nothing/a fantasy. A part of me goes, “well, a fool and his money…” but the other part of me thinks that the parent company should be forced to pay restitution for essentially defrauding their customers.


kettle

granola_girl says:” Right up their alley to keep a list of AM users so that if they happen to dig up other stuff in the future they can add a line to their article: “so and so, who who made 30 payments to AM, was involved in _____ alleged scandal, etc””


This is just your gossip, thanks for the example. when someone gets named you might have something. until then it’s gossip.


granola_girl

What I was doing is called speculating… which isn’t nicer than gossip, nor was it intended to be (but they still aren’t synonyms). CCN might as well be the Central Coast’s version of the NY Post with stories like this– tabloid-esque blind items and news mixed with gossip.


pnishaven

Kettle, I was thinking that myself. Im not a religious person, but I would sure like to know if my pastor was on a site like this. Huge moral issue for me. I know that not everyone is perfect and we all make mistakes, but it really bothers me when people are hypocrites.


MajorityFan

Being on this site should be huger moral issue.


SLOnative

This is the best quote hidden low in the story: “When the hackers released the data, they claimed that thousands of the 5.5 million female profiles were fakes added by Ashley Madison to attract men.”


hijinks

PT Barnum’s comment about suckers rings true!


kettle

Gizmodo did a analysys and it seems that there might have been only a few thousand of the 20 million that were real women, This may be the biggest honey trap ever (so far).


http://gizmodo.com/almost-none-of-the-women-in-the-ashley-madison-database-1725558944


pnishaven

Kettle after reading the story in your link, Im just wondering if the sight isnt for men who are gay but married looking for the same. All those fake women profiles are just a diversion, lol. Sounds like theres, excuse me, a lot of f**kery going on over there are Ashleys house


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