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.

7 thoughts on “Ashley Madison & The Ripple Effect

  1. Well said Nicole. I’ve read a few articles yesterday about people dying by suicide and it really hit me hard because I was one of those who found the whole subject appalling and because I can’t stand individuals like Josh Duggar proclaiming gays is what ruining the sanctity of marriage. This is the dark side of living in the technology era; you’re subject to bullying, blackmail that is hurting a lot of people right now.

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  2. Reblogged this on georgeforfun and commented:
    I’m also guilty of first judging the account holders of AM without a thought of unintended consequences. Does that make me evil? No, it makes me human, but also guilty of being less than compassionate and understanding with the offenders than I am with others that I know and love. That doesn’t make me a better person, which I should be as I try to set an example for my Kids and Grands. This post reminds me that there are many innocent people out there whose lives will be irretrievably altered forever due to the temptation presented by a “cheaters’ website.” And I live in a so-called “civilized country” which dehumanizes peoples’ failings for the sake of humor and Schadenfreude. Am I any better than AM just in a different section of “accepted behavior” in Civilization?

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  3. Oh my God thank you for this post. I had a manic episode recently that nearly broke me and I became so suicidal. People look at things from such a narrow point of view. Your line “Relationships can be rebuilt, as can trust, but nothing can be rebuilt after suicide” resonates with me. There is healing and forgiveness in the aftermath. So many people are so quick to judge.

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