Post # 1
So I just read some news that they are speculating that two suicides may have been directly linked to the Ashley Madison hack. I had mentioned that i thought this would be an issue before the hack was even done and it was just at threat.. I have to say this is such tragic sad news.. An affair really is something that should be dealt with between the two people invoved, not the entire world.. They are now offereing a $500,000 award for anyone who can help track these people down.
Post # 2
kaitlynaubrey01: Seeing all of the names/addresses/etc. published is truly scary. Thinking of people’s personal safety being at risk and not to mention their privacy. Some couples use these sites together and now their put on blast for being members. Another bee mentioned the idea of where does it stop? Angry hackers got into this, what’s stopping crazy hackers from hacking databases containing abortion and adoption information and putting that out there… It’s seriously messed up and scary where these sorts of invasions of privacy could go.
I’ll be honest I scrolled through some of these ridiculous lists and recognized some names… Yikes.
Post # 3
MstoMrsH: Yeah, it seems the punishment is way out of proportion to the crime. A digital scarlet A that people will wear for the rest of their lives. I am sure the hackers are getting a thrill out of the havoc they are causing. They must feel very powerful. It is almost like the plot of a James Bond film.
Have to admit I knew a couple of guys in the past who were serial cheaters, wreaking a lot of havoc in the lives of multiple women. I kind of enjoy the idea of them being “exposed” if they were indeed part of this.
But there could be people on the list whose credit cards or email addresses were hijacked, others who decided to have an affair for reasons that do not concern any of us.
Post # 4
I have not been following this news consistently, but I’ve read about it. My Boyfriend or Best Friend and I talked about this slightly, as we usually pick each others’ brains on various social and political news.
He told me that although what the hackers did were justified, the consequences of public humiliation in the age of the Internet is severe. As people’s identities are more and more tied to online profiles (job = linked in, life snaps = IG, facebook), being publicly shamed online is equivalent to being globally branded as a CHEATER. That’s hard enough to face to the one you married, imagine having to face familes, friends, current colleagues, and anyone you know in the future as such things that are posted online NEVER really go away.
So what he is saying is, in all accounts, his entire life should not end just because his sexual preference does not equate to the one society deemed fit. He is a cheater, and he made that mistake. How much do we punish him as a society? Should the the mark of shame be a brand that will live on forever on the Internet?
I really had no answer, but I am saddened of what we, as a group of people, are capable of doing to one another–both cheating, public shaming, and suicide.
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate
kaitlynaubrey01: I do agree with your statement that affairs should be dealt with between the couple, however, my motto always is; If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.
Post # 6
No sympathy. I hope none of the cheaters on that list gave their unsuspecting wives or husbands terminal Save-The-Date Cards like AIDS or HIV or any other diseases.
Post # 7
- Wedding: June 2015 - Holly Hedge Estate
swirlyclover86: Very good point made. While i said in my previous post, i don’t typically care what happens to people who have a swift kick of Karma headed their way- the public humiliation aspect of this situation is detrimental.
Post # 8
I find it so ironic that people who make it their business to hack into private information think they have the right to play the morality police.
The thing is, this isn’t just embarassing for the cheaters: it is embarassing for their spouses and families too. Why should I be publically humiliated with the world knowing my husband cheats on me? As if being cheated on isn’t bad enough, now everyone knows?
I hope those hackers are prosecuted severely. It was none of their damn business in the first place.
Post # 9
mrstodd2bee: Based on the sheer numbers of cheaters on that site, it’s not just a possibility, it’s a guarantee.
Post # 10
saratiara2: this. I’d be humiliated.
Post # 11
I am conflicted about the leak. It’s not right that peoples dirty laundry is aired for the world to see – it’s especially humiliating to be at the losing end of an unfaithful relationship. Taking out the circumstantial/emotional details, we have the right to create secure accounts and have our data safely stored.
However, these people are likely only sorry they got caught. Directly seeking out relationships despite their vows is far worse than their information being leaked. If they didn’t want to deal with the repurcussions, they shouldn’t be slimebags. A lot of infidelity gets found out one way or another anyway.
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Post # 13
I’m not bothered they were outed although I do feel sympathy for the victims – those cheated on. However, I’m paranoid AF about how much power random people can have! In this case, the hackers. It scares the crap out of me that people can get into your life like that.
Post # 14
I just think of the spouses who went to work today with their entire office knowing their husband was having an affair. Thats humiliating. Where does it end? What about health information? Or dating sites for people with certain conditions/diseases? Where do we draw the line? Yes, cheating is wrong, but airing out someone’s personal information is illegal for a reason.
Post # 15
To me, this is like a group morally objecting to abortions, hacking into a clinic’s server and publishing patient personal data for everyone to gawk and judge. This was a cruel and illegal move, and I hope the hackers are severely punished. I agree with pp, that members of this site are none of those hacker’s or the majority of the public’s concern.