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5 Thoughts – The Ashley Madison Hack

Some insights into the most high profile information leak of the year

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cube-482035_640As most of you know by now, Ashley Madison (“Ashley Madison is the most famous name in infidelity and married dating.” quote from their site) was hacked last month and much of the data the hackers stole was released this week, on the dark web. Like many of you, I’ve been reading bits and pieces of the saga. Anyway, here’s five things that struck me about the whole affair:

  1. With a 6:1 ratio of men to women, a guy’s chance of “getting some” via AM are slightly less than they were in high school.
  2. Anyone (private sector, public sector, military, whatever) stupid enough to use a work email address and corporate assets (computer, network) to access AM ought to be dealt with according to corporate acceptable use policies and morals clauses in their employment contracts. It’s akin to using corporate assets to surf porn; just don’t. For what it’s worth, I don’t believe that morals clauses belong in employment contracts. We’re all adults and what I do on my own time is none of my employer’s (I don’t actually have one) business, provided it can’t be linked back to an employer and cover them in poop.
  3. There are a lot of morally superior and judgemental people on the planet. What they’re losing sight of is: 1 – Other people’s lives that don’t affect you are none of your ******* business; 2 – the hack was a criminal act. FULL. STOP.
  4. If what the hackers allege about AM’s security and not cleaning out data is true, the folks at AM are monumentally, irredeemably, irrefutably stupid and negligent.
  5. Lawyers and lawsuits – that didn’t take long. Tied with “Holy crap did we all of a sudden get a lot of downloads”, said the folks responsible for the TOR browser.

Apologies for jumping on the bandwagon and adding to the nonsense.

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