Avid Life Media said in a statement Friday that the company is actively cooperating with international law enforcement

By Caitlin Keating
Updated August 28, 2015 12:10 PM
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In the wake of the Ashley Madison hack that exposed 37 million customers, Noel Biderman, the CEO of the site’s parent company, Avid Life Media,, announced he is stepping down Friday.

“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,” a statement by Avid Life Media reads. “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.”

Several high-profile names in connection with Ashley Madison have come to light in the days since the hack.

Josh Duggar admitted to being unfaithful to his wife, following reports he signed up with the infidelity website.

“While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife,” he said in a statement. “I am so ashamed of the double life that I have been living and am grieved for the hurt, pain and disgrace my sin has caused my wife and family, and most of all Jesus and all those who profess faith in Him.”

YouTube star Sam Rader admitted to creating an account on the website, while Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter Biden has denied opening an account after his email address surfaced in the hack.

“I am certain that the account in question is not mine,” Biden said in a press statement. “This account was clearly set up by someone else without my knowledge, and I first learned about the account in question from the media.”

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi is also defending her family against the persistent rumors that her husband Jionni LaValle had an account.

At least two people may have committed suicide following the hack, Toronto Police said on Monday.

In addition to a $576 million class action already filed in Canada against Ashley Madison and its owner, Avid Life Media, the companies are now also being sued in a U.S. federal court by a man seeking class-action status for victims of the breach. The suit, which was filed in a California district court and which does not list a damage request, accuses the Toronto-based company of negligence, invasion of privacy and causing emotional distress.

Until the appointment of a new CEO, the company will be led by the existing senior management team.