Digital Resistance

The world went crazy a few months back when a group of faceless hackers revealed all the private details of a highly controversial dating site. The Ashley Madison hack may not be the biggest hack, but it has been one with some of the most consequences. Sure, you might have been worried when Sony was hacked, or people could see you iCloud photos, but this hack was next level. This team of hackers shared around 300gigabytes worth of files, which included account and log in details for some 32 million users. 7 years worth of credit card/ other payments details were also apart of this data dump. Some say this isn’t just an act of hacktivism, but an act of criminality as well.

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Davis, Dai. ‘Hacktivism: Good Or Evil?’. ComputerWeekly. N.p., 2015. <;

Zetter, Kim. ‘Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data’. WIRED. N.p., 2015. <;

McHugh, Molly. ‘The Dangers Of Looking At Ashley Madison Hack Infographics’. WIRED. N.p., 2015. <;


4 thoughts on “Digital Resistance”

  1. I think the Ashley Madison case is an interesting case in terms of whether hacktivism is used for good or evil, due to the fact that as a consequience of the leaking of names of ‘cheaters’ people committed suicide aswell as ruining many families. but then its like well they did cheat so whos to blame for these consequences the hackers or the ‘cheaters’? this is an article by the ABC on the consequences of this hack

    1. When I think of hacktivism I think of WikiLeaks and altruism and general political injustices attempted to be rectified. Ashley Madison is really interesting conundrum of good versus evil. I thought I’d look into The Impact Group and their rationale behind the hack and found a reddit thread with some interesting opinions. The top comment is requesting for student loans to be hacked and erased, suggesting the exposure of cheaters is not necessarily as important as it was treated by The Impact Group. However I think the hacktivist mantra of knowing the truth is always better than not knowing was upheld by this hack so it was ultimately a good thing despite tearing apart families and resulting in suicides.
      The thread:

  2. The Ashley Madison case is really interesting in terms of hacktivism. Hacktivism is usually associated with altruism and the idea of the bringing the truth out and exposing corruption. What’s so fascinating about the individuals behind the Ashley Madison hack most probably thought they were acting from a good place. Their morals didn’t align with the users of Ashley Madison, so they exposed them. But this is where the line starts blurring. How do we start judging what can be deemed as good ‘hacktivism’ or bad ‘hacktivism’? What is classified as necessary truths to be exposed?

  3. Hmmmm.. rather ironic how upset ‘cheaters’ became about their information being leaked. It’s must be terrible for their trust to be broken. But there have been some terrible things to come out of this, with some people commiting suicide. Do you think that hacking is ethical? How can you determine who is right and wrong in cases like these?

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