Ashley Madison & The Ripple Effect

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Here we are just a few days since the hackers calling themselves The Impact Team unleashed a shit storm by dumping the personal information of millions of Ashley Madison account holders onto the Dark Web, and what do we have to show for all of it so far? Well we have two related, yet at the time of publication, still unconfirmed suicides in Canada. The suicide of a Texas police chief, extortion and blackmail cases, hate crimes being committed against gay men, and a reward of $500K to whomever catches the ones responsible for the hack.

I’m the first to admit that when the dump happened I posted a status that said, ‘Holy shit! It’s a good day to be a divorce lawyer’ but then reality set in and after sharing a few jokes with friends about our own experiences on different sites I posted, ‘This is really really bad. I hope no one ends up dead.’ Well, so far at least three have.

It’s ridiculously easy to sit behind our screens and judge others; and I get it, people love a scandal. People especially love a scandal when they feel that someone is deserving of sweet and bitter justice. I’m looking at you, Josh Duggar. But the indisputable fact is that people’s privacy was violated, and it never should have happened.

Regardless of what your values are when it comes to infidelity or sites like Ashley Madison can you just stop and look at the bigger picture here. People are dying. People are not dying because they chose to subscribe to a site boasting Life is short. Have an affair, they are dying because of the hack and dump, and that’s it. And the effects of this breach will last a lifetime. Buckle up Internet, because this shit is about to get even worse.

What goes on behind closed doors in a marriage is not our business, and reading comments like, ‘karma’s a bitch’ when reporting on people taking their own lives is fucking sick to say the least.

Relationships can be rebuilt, as can trust, but nothing can be rebuilt after suicide.

To those of you who laugh at the crimes and death being committed, I say shame on you.

Here’s a press conference from The Toronto Police detailing the ripple effect from the hack, including crimes and suicides.