The world is reeling from the hack and subsequent data release of the notorious affair supporting dating site Ashley Madison. Their sickening advertising slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair” only begins to show how bad this crisis is.
Let me be clear, I don’t think the crisis lies in the light shining on this evil place. The crisis is the fact that for years this kind of place operated collecting the email addresses and the eyes and of millions of potential affair seeking individuals. This crisis should be a wake-up call in our marriages and in our churches.
The email addresses, names and credit card details from more than 28 million accounts was stolen from this site who markets to married men desiring an affair. A few days ago that information was released on the internet complete with databases where someone can see if they, or someone they knew had an account. According to other news stories, over 85% of the email addresses belong to men.
Before anyone jumps to conclusions, there are reports that Ashley Madison did not verify email addresses unless it was for a paid subscription. So there is no telling if some of these accounts were erroneous. That being said, the amount of money in paid accounts that has been reported is simply astounding. Reporters created a graph shows each U.S. state organized by how many dollars they spent on Ashley Madison per capita. Estimates are between $1 and $5 per capita, not per subscriber, per total population! That is insane amounts of money showing just how serious this crisis really is.