The chief executive of infidelity website Ashley Madison has stepped down, following the hacking and subsequent leaking of its membership list online.

Canadian entrepreneur Noel Biderman, the self-proclaimed "King of Infidelity", has stepped down as CEO of Avid Life Media - the website's parent company.

Avid Life Media said it and Mr Biderman were in "mutual agreement" about the split.

"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 in a statement.

Meanwhile, the firm is "adjusting to the attack on our business and members' privacy by criminals," the company added, vowing uninterrupted member access to its website.

Other senior managers will step in to fill the void left by Mr Biderman's departure until a new boss is appointed.

A hacker group identified as the ‘Impact Team’ last week released emails and user account information of members stolen from the company's servers, as well as corporate emails and sensitive computer source code.

Canadian police have said two suicides may be linked to the leak of the website's 32m members' personal data.

Previously published figures by Ashley Madison said it had around 115,000 members in Ireland.