The recent Ashley Madison hacking incident drove one Chicago, IL man to take his own life.
Ashley Madison is a dating website which specializes in infidelity. As per the site’s FAQ, “… If you still feel that you will seek a person other than your partner to fill your unmet needs, then we truly believe that our service is the best place to start.”
But perhaps Ashley Madison is not the best place to start, as they recently announced their database had been hacked, and the personal information of millions of users stolen. The hackers, calling themselves ‘Impact Team’, released a manifesto where they call the site’s customers “scum bags”, and state their plans to continue releasing the personal information until ashleymadison.com is removed from the web.
Surprising to no one, the hacker’s actions are having serious–and in one case, fatal–consequences.
Donald Bradshaw of Chicago, IL, had been married for the past 11 years. He and his wife had two children, owned a home, and by all outward appearances were living the American dream. However, Donald was seeking intimate relationships with women other than his wife and was using the Ashley Madison site to do so.
In a suicide note recovered by police, Donald expressed his regrets, and why he choose to take his own life. “I am sory[sic] for being unfaithful. I know that you will leave me now and take the kids. I know that I will be fired from my job at your fathers[sic] company and that my life as I know it is going to change drastically for the worse. So I’m just going too[sic] make it easy on you. You get everything. Goodbye.”
The corner’s report indicates that Donald took a fatal dose of prescription medication. His death has been ruled a suicide, and authorities say they do not believe there was any foul play involved.
It’s unknown if or how Ashley Madison executives will respond, and all press inquiries from United Media Publishing have been ignored.