Life after the Hack
Christi Gibson is a minister who enjoys traveling to places like Africa and China. She loves to sing and teach. She has friends around the world and is a self proclaimed cat lady.
She's also a widow who lost her husband John not long after hackers released the names of 36 million people who'd signed up for Ashley Madison -- a site that marketed itself as a way for people to have affairs anonymously. Her husband's name was on the list, which she learned the day she walked in and found him dead. He had ended his life.
In 2015, hackers calling themselves the "Impact Team" released the data of millions of cheaters -- or potential cheaters -- who were on Ashley Madison. It was one of the most personal data sets in history. Names and addresses were mixed with sexual desires. The online embodiments of "what if" were released for anyone to see.
The list was distributed, categorized, published. It became searchable. There was a voyeurism associated with the list and who was on it.