“Life is short, Have an affair” was the slogan for Ashley Madison site and it promise confidentiality to people looking to hook up without the knowledge of their partners.
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Ashley Madison website had planned to “set up shop” in Singapore last year but was banned by the Media Deveopment Authority because the site “aggressively promotes and facilitates extramarital affairs” and “declared that it will specifically target Singaporeans”
“I do not welcome such a website into Singapore. I’m against any company or website that harms marriage. Promoting infidelity undermines trust and commitment between a husband and wife, which are core to marriage” said Mr Minister for Family and Social Affairs.
Imagine our surprise when TNP published a head line that more than 4,700 Singapore emails were found in Ashley Madison Data Leak. It seems to us that in this Internet age, the Singapore government could only do so much to protect its social norms.
The New Paper combed through the data and found 4,751 e-mail addresses with the “.sg” suffix — which indicates a Singapore domain address.
These include addresses ending in “.com.sg” and 38 “.edu.sg” e-mail addresses. The “.edu.sg” suffix typically means the address belongs to students, teachers and faculty members of local education institutions.
There were two “.gov.sg” e-mail addresses in the leaked data, one of which bore the ‘cpib.gov.sg’ domain. But a spokesman for the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) clarified that the address did not exist in its system.
An MOE spokesperson told the TNP “ MOE will check the veracity of the email accounts being used and if there are breaches of regulations…we will take appropriate action”
In the U.S at least two individuals were reported to have taken their lives when their adultery was being leaked online.
A key lesson to take away from this incident – Only a fool would trust the Internet with their secrets.