The Human Cost of the Ashley Madison Hack

The Toronto Police held this press conference regarding the Ashley Madison Hacks.

In 2015, hackers calling themselves the Impact Team made good on their threat to leak user information from AshleyMadison.com, a website where people seek out affairs. The hackers leaked account details and information of the users, which revealed the identities of many users.

The Impact Team may have targeted the site because of the moral implications behind it or because of some of the parent company’s questionable business practices.

However, it was the users- not the company- who paid the human cost of the hack.

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Virtual Reality Technology offers Great Risks as well as Great Rewards

Manus Virtual Reality Technology
An advertisement for Manus Virtual Reality gloves and headset. Posted to Wikimedia commons by Manus VR.

Immersive virtual reality technology, once a concept limited to science-fiction, has made great strides in recent years. This technology may one day be “the next big thing” in areas like entertainment, education, and even healthcare.

As with all new technology, there is almost as much potential for harm as there is for growth. But is the potential for harm enough to outweigh the benefits?

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