The Ashley Madison incident signals two important issues: cyber security and the social acceptance of adultery. The problem is mainly about how we deal with this incident. What is more important? That we improve online security, or that sites such as Ashley Madison even exist?
Let’s begin by talking facts: there have been calculations and approximations that half of the hacked data on Ashley Madison belongs to U.S. citizens belongs to “people in high places”: FBI employees, Federal and State elected officials, local officials and even people with top secret security clearance.
We are talking about people we elect, people who we trust and people who are, to a certain extent, protecting us. Citizens like you or I place our faith into these people, whose names we will or will not find out, while following our own moral code. We think that they are good people, worthy of our respect mostly because they do their jobs well and have a vertical life.
But now we find out that this life of theirs is not as vertical as we expected it to be and we find ourselves bombarded with the issue that “we need to improve our internet security”. What about all the spouses that have been cheated on? Should we just focus on improving the security on sites that practically encourage cheating?
The more urging concern is that society is either ignorant or tolerant with this type of “business” that makes money at the expense of half-destroyed lives. And this is where terrorism comes and bites us. Make no mistake, this Impact Team is no lesser than an actual terrorist group. Nice guys are more concerned with voicing their opinion and raising awareness.
So how do we deal with this? How do we establish what our main priority is? We simply separate what is human from what isn’t. The bond between families is simply above the technological threshold. Sites such as Ashley Madison should be pointed at as an example of how to not lead your marital life and not how to improve online security.
While the need to reinforce security measures online is a must and should be looked at carefully, we must not combine it, or worse, make it more important than the actual issue here: social encouragement of cheating. We must encourage an appropriate lifestyle in order to lead a wonderful life and to protect ourselves from being manipulated by terrorism.
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