#1 It’s not Fake
I’m going through the Ashley Madison data and, first, I can confirm it is accurate. Right now, I won’t get in to how I know this. But, I’ll bet you can figure it out.
#2 It’s Enormous
There’s a lot of information to go through. There are ~36 million e-mail addresses. It’s taken me an hour to import the MySQL dump file, and I’m not sure I even want to export it to Excel (but, I’ll probably do it anyway).
#3 Low-Key, Yo
Some of the people on here will never get caught. In addition to all the people who used their real – and sometimes work – e-mail addresses (I’m looking at you, Tony Blair), there are also a lot of people trying to be discreet (like firstname.lastname@example.org). Also, AM never required e-mail confirmation, so there’s a good chunk of bogus address in there.