The recent uproar over the Ashley Madison website hack has had the internet in a big debate. Do you agree that the hack was a good form of vigilante, Robin Hood type justice? Or do you think it was wrong, and a criminal act? There are many opinions out there over whether or not it was something that should have been carried out.
The thing is, two wrongs just don’t make a right. It’s not like you’re helping people by exposing their private information. Even though cheating is bad, I don’t think people have a right to “play God” so to speak and determine when they should have to reckon for their behavior. I’ve had my ear to the ground and I’ve been reading a bit about what these individuals are going through. There have been suicides linked to the hack and data dump as well as many, many upset and stressed out individuals. Many had signed up for the site but never went through with cheating.
Is it the thought that counts? Where do you draw the line? Are you as good as Jesus when he said anyone looking at another woman (or man for that matter) lustfully has ALREADY committed adultery in their heart? Yet even Jesus did not hold people to that high standard. He stopped the Pharisees from stoning a woman for adultery and said “He who is without sin cast the first stone.”
Either way, it is now coming to light that news networks are backing away from the story as it is revealed that it is illegal to publish any information linked to the hack.
In other news related to the hack, there is a battle between the hackers and the CEOs of Ashley Madison. Ashley Madison has offered a 500k bounty for any information leading to the identification of the hackers. The hackers, in turn, have released emails proving that Ashley Madison had hacked a rival company that had been trying to set up a dating website.
All in all it’s a three ring circus, and proof that nothing is sacred anymore in the tech realm. The hacking storm has just begun. If you want to be safe online you must assume that any service that you use CAN and WILL be hacked. Have safeguards in place. Use fake emails. Use different passwords. Change it up. Be paranoid. It will only help you out in the end.