Revenge is the sweetest pill.
The whole Ashley Madison saga first started in late July, in the form of a threat from a group of hackers known as The Impact Team. The threat was to expose personal details of its cheating members if Avid Life Media (ALM) which owns Ashley Madison and a few other morally ambiguous sites were not shut down.
And The Impact Team have kept to their word.
This information leak is approximately 9.7GB worth of sensitive personal and financial information of Ashley Madison’s 32 million users. Information includes payment transactions, emails, names, street addresses and even includes a brief summary of what members were looking for in their prospective hookup - So much for ‘latest privacy and security technologies.’
In the land of the free, United States of America, Ashley Madison has been slapped with class action lawsuits surmounting to over US$500 million (SG$700.7 million) in damages. Aside from this, military personnel in America aren't spared either. They could face a court-martial for adultery if found guilty.
Just across the border in Canada, it is reported that there are two suicides linked to this massive information leak. Which brings to question, if this information leak and public shaming of sorts has done more harm than good for the society at large?
So what’s next for Ashley Madison? Well, ALM is offering a CA$500 000 (SG$526 800) reward for any information on The Impact Team - Nope, that is not a typo error.
Tsk tsk. Cheaters never prosper – Period.
Want to know more about what really happened in the beginning of this excitingly cheating saga, check it out here.
By Geralyne Kaye Ong / August 26, 2015 3:00PM GMT+8
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