Just a few months ago there was worldwide pandemonium when a faceless online hacking team decided to reveal all the private details of controversial dating site users. The infamous AshleyMadison hack has since been known to have caused many a rift between couples on a global scale — one user was revealed to be cheating on their partner on-air for Sydney’s Nova 96.9, — especially since those caught out in the hacking scandal have been depicted as immoral in more ways than one.
The following infographic explores the AshleyMadison hack and how it affected a mass of individuals. With this in mind, is it fair to say that not all hacking is bad? Is this instance of hacktivism something to be proud of? Please discuss below.
- Mitew, T 2014, ‘Digital Resistance: Hacktivists, Whistleblowers, #AfterSnowden [Part 1]‘, Online Video, YouTube, viewed 7 October 2015, <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaWxbF3uvik&index=36&list=PLiPp71qLKusXOU1bKxHVappCbRNN3-J-j>
- SMH, 2015, ‘Ashley Madison Impact Team hackers break silence, give interview‘, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 August, Accessed 11 October 2015, <http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/consumer-security/ashley-madison-hackers-break-silence-give-interview-20150821-gj58vr.html#ixzz3oG21eNaU>
- Ward, M., 2015, ‘Ashley Madison: Who are the hackers behind the attack?‘, BBC News, 20 August, Accessed 11 October 2015, <http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34002053>
- Zetter, K., 2015, ‘Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data‘, WIRED, 8 August, Accessed 11 October 2015, <http://www.wired.com/2015/08/happened-hackers-posted-stolen-ashley-madison-data/>