Unless you were living on a desert island last year, you definitely heard about the hack attack on OKCupid-for-adultery website Ashley Madison. Millions of the site’s users’ (sometimes embarrassing) personal information was published on the Internet. Whether you morally condone or condemn the sites’ users for signing up for Ashley Madison in the first place, the fallout has had a tough effect on many of their lives. In some cases, suicides have been possibly linked to the leaks; in others, hack victims have been subject to extortion attempts and death threats.
Unfortunately for 42 plaintiffs suing the website, a federal judge has decided that their names will have to be revealed in order to proceed with the case–the plaintiffs won’t be able to represent their class-action lawsuit anonymously (class member identities won’t be made public). Obviously, this is probably pretty distressing for the hack victims.