The company statement is rather equivocal:
We are actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted. ... We will continue to put forth substantial efforts into removing any information unlawfully released.
This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. ... The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner. ... These are illegitimate acts that have real consequences for innocent citizens. ... No one has the right to pilfer and reveal that information to audiences in search of the lurid, the titillating, and the embarrassing. ... Anyone with information [on] these criminals, can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. MORE
Graham Cluley recounts what happened after the initial announcement last month:
Nothing. Well, Ashley Madison didn't shut down at least. Maybe some members tried to delete their accounts in panic (although that was rather like closing the door after the horse had bolted).
Chances are that many people who are members of the Ashley Madison website will feel uncomfortable with their boss, friends, partner or mother-in-law knowing about it. ... It's easy to imagine that some people might be vulnerable to blackmail. ... There could be genuine casualties as a result. And yes, I mean suicide.
Journalists and commentators would be wise to remember that the [data] must be considered suspect because of [Avid's] shonky practices. MORE
Commentators such as Jon Stephens, perhaps?
People's sex lives are their own business, married or not. But I find it difficult to drum up any sympathy for marrieds who are foolish enough to go looking for something on the side via a big flashy commercial website.
Internet privacy was over at least a decade ago. MORE
But Bruce Ide marches in with this:
I just felt a strange disturbance in The Force, as if a million divorce lawyers suddenly yelled out "CHA-CHING!" and then... yelled out "CHA-CHING!" again. MORE
Meanwhile, Christopher Hacking goes off on this philosophical, epidemiological, historical tangent:
Humans aren't really wired very well for monogamy. ... Most of the way we view the topic is due to societal expectation. Throughout history...various forms of consensual non-monogamy have been practiced...even in "modern" culture. If you think you can truly be your partner's everything, the only one they'll ever need to provide everything they desire, then (statistically speaking) you're delusional.
Cheating may feel inhumane, but it is very, very human. MORE
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