An interesting topic has arisen recently regarding the alleged hacking of the infidelity website 'Ashley Maddison' that has raised some interesting thoughts.
It turns out that in Australia over 800 of the user profiles who's details were leaked were @Defence
email addresses. This is a concern from several standpoints, namely the idea that defence and government officials, not just here but in dozens of other countries could be subject to blackmail if they have been using their government email addresses for other things they probably shouldn't be and that information is compromised. Naturally they're being investigated. No doubt hundreds of thousands of others in many countries will be as well. My thought here is HOW can people, trained professionals in the case of defence personal, be so STUPID as to use their government emails for this sort of thing? What the hell is wrong with people?
On another front, a small part of me that isn't horrified by the breach in privacy is amused, I'm a little ashamed to admit this but it's true none the less. The fact that people tried to cheat on their partners on a website that turned out to be largely fake, with many profiles being fakes created by the company and that the information was then hacked and released is at least a little funny.
But there is the flip side of the coin that people are entitled to do whatever they want within the law and while illegal in some countries infidelity is not in most. It's just a dick move. But so is the fact that the sites owners had faked a vast majority of it in order to lure people onto the site and make a horrendous profit from them, so I wouldn't be sad to see them financially ruined, which won't take long by the look of the massive list of HUGE class actions that have been filed.
Two other things should also be mentioned, firstly that the site DID NOT verify email addresses. Meaning anyone could sign up with any address they wanted. So many of the celebrity and high ranking politician profiles could be fakes. The second is that many experts think it's an inside job, which is entirely possible given it wasn't just databases of usernames and credit card info but also HUGE amounts of internal emails, memos and business reports that also surfaced.
So yea, a little conflicted on this. I don't like the idea of hacking private information, it is ILLEGAL and damn right that it should be. But at the same time if it was an internal job and many of the profiles were in fact being faked to make money from morons aren't they committing a crime promising a service, albeit a morally dubious one, that they probably couldn't deliver? Is it right that children are starving to death and disease and war are rampant but people who tried to cheat on the wives or husbands, got caught and are now suing for millions?
Granted there are going to be a lot caught in the cross fire but there are probably a great many legitimate asses on there as well. Food for thought.
Opinions and thoughts are welcome.
Reading Materials Here:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/ashley-madison-transactions-traced-to-house-of-commons-defence-department/article26064699/http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/ashley-madison-made-a-lot-of-money-and-created-very-few-affairs-20150824-gj6er7.htmlhttp://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/extortionists-are-targeting-ashley-madison-users-20150823-gj5ynb.htmlAny flaming will result in the IMMEDIATE closing of the thread. Keep it civil if you would be so kind!