Members of the adultery website Ashley Madison are waiting for the next shoe to drop after hackers exposed names and personal information of some of its 37 million members.
The number of divorces are expected to spike after hackers released information of those involved.
Omaha attorney James Martin Davis says there is little or no action these members can take against the website.
“There is something called assumption of risk. You assume the risk that this is going to leak out,” Davis says. “There isn’t a contract necessarily that they are going to keep it totally secret. They are going to try to do that, their best efforts. Then, what are you going to sue for if you haven’t lost any money. If you give information to Ashley Madison and somebody else takes it and you wind up getting a divorce because you were cheating on your spouse it is your fault, not theirs.”
Davis says if the website finds the hackers they may be able to file criminal charges.
The FBI and other government agencies are looking into the hack as 13,000 emails came from dot-mil or dot-gov addresses. About a half-dozen of those addresses were connected to state, local or county government in Nebraska.
Davis says this is another case of not being able to trust the internet. He says even the government can’t protect their secrets online so how can you expect a website dedicated to adultery do so.