Back in August 2015, the ‘dating’ site Ashley Madison was hacked, exposing married cheaters the world over.
It was founded in 2002 by Darren Morgenstern, with the slogan: "Life is short.
Have an affair." The company received attention on July 15, 2015, after hackers stole all of its customer data—including emails, names, home addresses, sexual fantasies and credit card information—and threatened to post the data online if Ashley Madison and fellow Avid Life Media site Established were not permanently closed.
Whatever it was, I easily found fault in my marriage. But then he found Ashley Madison and was so enticed he signed up.
Whether the timing was good or bad for Thomas is open to debate, as two weeks after joining the site, it was hacked.
But what became of the marriages of the guilty parties, whose secret infidelity was suddenly not-so-secret at all?
One man who was exposed in the hacking has now spoken out about what happened to him in an article for the LA Times. He’d been married for 19 years, and although he’d been faithful to his wife the whole time, the excitement in their relationship had fizzled: “Call it a midlife crisis, poor judgment or a cheater’s heart. We had not taken a vacation without children in years.” Thomas retired from his corporate job early, bought a Harley Davidson and got a tattoo - so far, so midlife crisis.The fallout led to reports of blackmail and even suicides.The financial penalty, split between the federal government and US states suing the company, would increase to .75 million to the FTC plus .75 million to states if Ashley Madison fails to abide by new information security practices and refrain from misleading consumers.He’d yet to take any relationship offline, but he was in trouble.Whilst several high-profile members of the site were revealed to the public, Thomas was blackmailed and started receiving emails from a hacker who called himself Mr X: “I have all the information about your online affairs and even the cheatings you did...I didn't respond to emails or look at everyone's private photos. That said, I was pleasantly surprised by how easy the site was to use.