Ashley Madison’s Hack – Has Karma Been Served?
Alicia Keys’ words stand true, “what goes around comes around, what goes up must come down.” For users of Ashley Madison’s secret “dating” services, the sh*t came down yesterday.
If you’ve been following the scandal, you’re probably aware that the Ashley Madison site was hacked and the hackers threatened to disclose tons of data from site users unless Ashley Madison agreed to shut down their site. Not surprisingly, Avid Life Media (owners of Ashley Madison) did not shut down their site, and users are facing the consequences. The hackers began releasing information yesterday and it’s causing quite a stir.
Even if you don’t have a spouse who you suspect of cheating, another interesting piece of data was found in the cities with the most Ashley Madison users. Unsurprisingly, New York is number two on the list. Another not quite surprising piece of information is that 90-95% of the actual users on the site are men, which results in the fact that many men on the site attempted to have an affair, but didn’t actually seal the deal (if that even makes a difference).
Another curiosity is that many of the leaked users have used .gov or .mil email addresses to sign up for the site. While the masses are in an uproar about what idiots would sign up for an infidelity dating site using their government email address, it’s been pointed out that people didn’t necessarily sign up with their own email addresses. Others point out that instead of wagging our fingers and saying “I told you so” to the cheaters, we should be recoiling in horror at how our online privacy is truly nonexistent.
Whether you’re filing divorce papers as you read this, or laughing at all the dumb cheating men that got screwed over, I think we can all learn a pretty important lesson from the Ashley Madison hack: If you’re going to be a sh*tty person, at least don’t be a sh*tty person on the internet. What happens in Vegas might stay in Vegas, but what happens on wifi will come back and bite you in the ass.