I Heart Big Brother

Ashley Madison, the adultery website seemingly named for Honey Boo Boo’s fiercest rival, unwillingly yielded all of her secrets to the prying eyes of a hacker group that calls itself The Impact Team.  At midsummer, the Team informed Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, that they would release all of the immoral website’s data—“all customer records, profiles with all the customers’ secret sexual fantasies, nude pictures, and conversations and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails”—if ALM didn’t shut down Ashley immediately.

The hackers claimed to want to punish Ashley tit for tat.  According to them, the site, which allowed would-be philanderers and homewreckers to show their wares and hook up anonymously, was profiting by extorting money ($1.7 million in 2014, allegedly) from embarrassed people (former clients and others registered unwittingly as a result of workplace shenanigans) who had to pay a fee of $19 to have their profiles and other data deleted permanently.  Adding insult to injury, ALM (the hackers claimed, correctly) didn’t actually scrub the data upon receipt of payment.  So the hackers sought to extort ALM right back, and broke a few eggs (37 million users’ reputations) in the process.

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