The notorious Ashley Madison hack is one of the many recent attacks on the breach in personal information in today’s calendar. If one presumes that the attack must be the brainchild of a betrayed spouse, the theory, perhaps, may not be entirely wrong.

The Canadian-dating website that unabashedly promotes affairs for married people and those in “committed” relationships, swear by their slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair.”

When the stakes are so high, such as the ones on a site like Ashley Madison, where high-profile candidates from CEOs to bigwig politicians are given the benevolent playground to play their discreet and extramarital games, it is only appropriate that the vulnerability is higher.

Joni Eareckson Tada once said, “If you truly believe in the value of life, you care about all of the weakest and most vulnerable members of society.”

True. The hackers care for and know all too well about the weak spots of different societies. Hackers have their own tastes. They have their own genres that they want to target. For example, a ‘hacktivist’ and prankster group who go by the name Anonymous engaged in what’s called ‘doxing’ (referred by Wikipedia as – “compiling and releasing a dossier of personal information on someone”). Anonymous in 2014, released the identities of the white supremacist group, Ku Klux Kan (KKK). The group that attacked Sony last year was GOP (Guardians of Peace). The Ashley Madison website was hacked by The Impact Group. Coming to the most blatant doxing agent of the era, Wikileaks, whose official motto is, “To bring important news and information to the public. One of our most important activities is to publish original source material alongside our news stories so readers and historians alike can see evidence of the truth.” is still rattling Hilary Clinton to date, from its original November 2010 leak. Earlier this Monday, the State Department released 7,000 pages of Hilary’s emails, most of which are marked classified.

It is not just hackers, even ordinary individuals and organisations of high net worth are taunting the atmosphere by disclosing certain private aspects of individuals.

Donald Trump, notable for his inflammable demeanour, in his South Carolina campaign speech two months ago, disclosed Senator Lindsey Graham’s phone number to his audience. The dentist, Walter Palmer, who shot Cecil, the Lion, has been doxed to the hilt for his inhumane act. So was Brian Encina, who pulled over Sandra Bland and had her arrested for minor traffic violation. Sandra Bland later committed suicide in her jail cell. Another noteworthy incident of doxing would be that of the 14-year old hacker named David who obtained personal information of the police officer who shot Michael Brown.

A cyberccrime detective, Andrew Kleinick, in 2013, when talking about doxing, said, “You can post it as long as there is nothing nefarious about it. They are public figures and that kind of thing happens. It’s not right, [but] I know of no crime.”

This goes on to say that what Mr Trump did doesn’t amount to a criminal offence. But what David did, in trying to steal confidential information such as social security of the police officer will be seen as a crime.

Doxing used as a threat, like Charles Johnson, an independent journalist, who threatened to reveal the real identity of ‘Jackie’, who was claimed to be raped by the fraternity members of the University of Virginia in an initiation rite. Charles’ demand was that Jackie “tell the real truth”, else he will “start revealing everything about her past.”

Anil Dash, the noted technologist, opined, “Conventional media organizations know that revealing identity has power. What’s new is the organized use of people’s private information for activism or harassment.”

Whether it is avenging the whites for murdering blacks, or causing inconvenience to the opponent, stealing personal pieces of information of an individual is only so good as it is accepted.

The Hunger Games superstar, Jennifer Lawrene, was a victim of iCloud theft in 2014. Her nude pictures that she had taken for personal use had been stolen from her iCloud account and posted online. The public spared no bones in consuming the frenzy.

Jennifer Lawrence, in an interview with Vanity Fair, said, “It is not a scandal. It is a sex crime. It’s my body, and it should be my choice, and the fact that it is not my choice is absolutely disgusting. I can’t believe that we even live in that kind of world”

Even if the company does not have dirty little secrets to hide like Ashley Madison, there are other kinds of hackers wanting to get in for various other reasons.

Syrian Electronic Army (SEA), in 2013, hacked 600 GB worth of data from TrueCaller, a crowdsourced global phone directory.

After the SEA pulled its stunt, it tweeted, “Sorry @TrueCaller, we needed your database, thank you for it.”

As we can see, people are always curious to see things to an end. Nudity, politics, government classified information, warfare, celebrities, controversies, these are some of the categories, where people have always been increasingly agile and show no moral consciousness in getting access to as much as there is to be seen. The leaking authorities are groups or individuals who want to be seen as promoting truth at the cost of chaos. They get what they want. The audience is given what they didn’t expect. Doxing can disrepute someone, or it can add substantial PR to the victim.