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Ashley Madison leak update: Noel Biderman steps down, at least 400 church leaders resigning, report says

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Noel Biderman, hailed the "King of Infidelity," has stepped down from Avid Life Media |

Following weeks of controversy and being under public scrutiny, Noel Biderman has said good-bye to Avid Life Media Inc.

The CEO's departure came Friday, after he became the center of the Ashley Madison hack that released confidential information of more than 30 million clients who made an account on the website.

According to CNN News, Avid Life Media said in a press release that the decision for Biderman's departure is actually a joint one.

The statement also said that the senior management team will lead the company in the meantime. "This change is in the best interest of the company and allows us to continue to provide support to our members and dedicated employees," Avid Life Media said. "We are steadfast in our commitment to our customer base."

Although both Avid Life Media and Ashley Madison have not responded to requests for additional comments, the statement detailed that both companies are in the works of restoring themselves after the unfortunate hack that reported two suicides associated with it.

On August 18, the hackers began releasing stolen data, including more than 15,000 U.S. government email addresses, some linked to members of the military. It should be noted that adultery is against the military's Code of Conduct.

Long before the website's leak, people from the company have proudly called Biderman as "the most hated man on the Internet" and "The King of Infidelity."

Biderman founded AshleyMadison.com in 2002 and was elected as the president and CEO of Avid Life Media in 2007, following its acquisition of the cheating service website.

Meanwhile, a report on Christianity Today written by Ed Stetzer claimed that around 400 church leaders are expected to resign this Sunday.

Stetzer wrote, "Based on my conversations with leaders from several denominations in the U.S. and Canada, I estimate that at least 400 church will be resigning Sunday. This is a significant moment of embarrassment for the church — and it should be. To be honest, the number of pastors and church leaders on Ashley Madison is much lower than the number of those looking to have an affair."

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