When the personal data of 32 million people, including names, addresses, credit card numbers is hacked and dumped online, that’s already a staggering breach of privacy, but when it comes from a site created for the purposes of promoting sexual infidelity, it can far more serious and lasting impact; from divorce to suicide.
Here’s a summary of what the hacking of the hook-up site by a group calling itself Impact Team is about and why Ashley Madison has put a $500,000 “bounty” on them.
While nobody is going to feel sorry for Ashley Madison members cheating on their spouses, yet again we’re reminded anyone of us at anytime is subject to having our entire online life exposed for the rest of the world to see? It’s not that anyone should feel sorry for them, but we should be concerned when we receive yet another reminder there is no privacy anywhere and least of all on the Internet.
Privacy, like free speech, isn’t reserved for only for ourselves and the people we like.
Eternal, everlasting love meshed with deeply satisfying, passionate, curl-your-toes sex is what one always aspires to in a relationship or a marriage. When there’s one without the other, the possibility exists one partner will search elsewhere for what they want and are missing. When there’s neither it becomes a near-certainty. Which is why philandering sites like Ashley Madison thrive.
But while I don’t feel sorry for the guys (and some gals) who got caught up in the hacking of Ashley Madison, I don’t believe anyone should lose their lives due to being outed and shamed into taking their own lives and in the aftermath that’s exactly what has happened.
I asked two friends of mine whom are professional sexworkers as paid escorts what they thought of the data breach and the men who were caught up in it.
I happened to be in my email when this came in. I removed all my stuff (pics , phone) from the web as much as I possibly could after I realized what a problem it could be. I don’t even post comments except from my professional email address. I don’t have a FB page, although once I signed up and cancelled and have been tracked by them ever since.
A Scientific American article from a few months ago wrote that no one now or in the near future can have any realistic expectation of any kind of privacy, and then outlined the reasons why. I had it in paper so don’t have a link for you.
There are almost no laws regulating the net, so it’s gone from a favorite toy to a weapon that can ruin your life. Facebook posts can get you fired from a job if people decide they don’t appreciate your values. Look what happened to Cecil the Lion Killer.
In the old days we put everything out there, then all of a sudden I thought whoaaaa, this never goes away, so I started erasing stuff. There are companies paid to clean your internet image and create a healthier online profile for people who can afford it.
The ridiculous part of Ashley Madison is that guys being guys are just ‘wishing’ in their special kind of deluded way that something fun and spectacular is going to happen – for free.
Most of those sites don’t work that well, they’re mostly male and female profiles can be fake to drive traffic. Although, one of my clients hooked up with a woman off a site like that and told me he was getting it for free. He was old and fat and barely functional, I kept wondering why a straight girl would want to have a non paid affair with this married man, in that kind of shape?
Then it occurred to me- I think it’s easier to leave a single mom a few 20’s on the nite table and tell her to buy something nice, and still think she’s still banging you cause she likes you. A few might actually like sex with strangers, who knows.
The men aren’t very smart either. It’s so easy to set up a fake email address for your clandestine activities. There are email address companies that claim they won’t buckle to the NSA or HS, no guarantees. A lot of those men used their publicly known email addresses.
Anyway, everyone that doesn’t want to get caught is going to have to be a lot more careful. I’d been telling stupid hookers not to put all their shit out there in case they want to have a life someday, but they’re dumb as rocks most times.
The invasion of privacy is wrong. It’s like a cat burglar. Creepy wrong.
I think I’m on the list. I heard about the site years ago and registered. Not sure if I created much of a profile. I just wanted to see what it was about.
The government emails being on the list, well….why do government servers not block sites that aren’t necessary, why do they allow a government worker to use their government email addresses out side the walls of internal servers. When I worked for the government, I could turn on my computer without a password. I was on night shift, went into the boss’s office and opened his secretary’s computer. Didn’t need a password. I was searching for interview questions. I found them. The person I wanted to get the questions to got the job. Goal accomplished.
My point? I could have made an Ashley Madison account from the boss’ secretaries computer, and she’d be on that list.
I remember once that Vin Diesel made a movie. XXX was the title. My kids looked it up on the computer because they wanted to go to the show and needed to see time it was playing.
Their dad saw a search for XXX and he assumed it was pointed and he punished them.
What about the poor women out there who are really named Ashley Madison???
The news broadcasting stations, reporters, etc…are nothing more than glorified National Enquirer rags. A list??? So fuckin what? I could create a Jeffrey Winbush account on Ashley Madison right now. Make an email address of firstname.lastname@example.org and you’d be on the next list.
It’s all a crock of shit.
I’ve looked at all kinds of sketchy websites. The reasons vary from out of morbid curiosity to intriguing interest of how easy it is to access that shit. Because my IP address hit those sites doesn’t make me a child molester.
A.M. hack doesn’t PROVE a fucking thing. But people judge w/o knowing the real truth ALL the time.
The dweebs that committed suicide, well….they were weak and didn’t have a good poker face. Life would have thrown them a curve ball they couldn’t handle sooner or later.
The A.M. hack is basically nasty gossip on a large-scale. People who talk about it, feed it. We are feeding it right now.
What’s so incredulous about this hack is that A.M. was so God damn vanilla that it’s a joke. If people were comfortable enough with sexual fantasy, if government hadn’t been allowed to make adultery, ass fucking, horse fucking, etc.. a crime, no one would give a shit.
Who cares how one fucks or who one fucks as long as they are legally consenting?
One day there will be a way to read our minds. We’ll all be in jail or jumping off cliffs then.
Let’s take that A.M. list and alter it before we publish it? You think that could’ve been done to what was initially published? Could we take that list, modify it and say it was hacked from an escort site? Sure we could.
People are uptight and dumb. I’m glad I don’t live my life in a closet. If I was asked about being on A.M. I could own it. Everyone should. Then there would be no A.M. news anymore.
And that’s all I got to say ’bout dat.