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According to a report in Billboard, the group calling itself The Impact Team, which recently exposed the personal data of users of the FarmersOnly of people who can’t keep it in their pants, Ashley Madison, apparently used AC/DC’s “Thunderstruck” to inform the company that it had been hacked. This information came courtesy of a press conference held in Toronto today, where journalists were handed lyric sheets for the song even though that’s not really necessary because AC/DC songs only have like eight words in them. They were then told than when employees of Ashley Madison parent company Avid Life Media logged into their computers on July 12, they were greeted with the song and a message from the hackers.

“Thunderstruck,” presumably, was chosen due to its lyrical imagery, which describes both being caught on a railroad track unable to escape from an oncoming train and “shaking at the knees” while receiving personal attention from some nice young women. “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” was out, naturally, because actually having a “guaranteed” affair (which really just means buying “credits” enabling you to contact other users) with someone from the site is not cheap at all. “Highway To Hell” might work, though, depending on your personal belief system, and “Big Balls” would certainly be applicable, if only to describe the attitude of someone who signed up for an account. “You Shook Me All Night Long” seems perhaps a bit too celebratory, and also assumes that all of the 33 million people exposed in the hack were actively engaging in extramarital sex, which, given the demographics—86 percent of users whose information was compromised were male, and only a tiny percentage of those were seeking same-sex encounters—seems unlikely. (“Hard As A Rock” and “The Jack” were just a little too on the nose.)


However, now that the hack has reportedly led to several suicides, Toronto Police acting staff superintendent Bryce Evans has told the hackers in a statement, “I want to make it very clear to you your actions are illegal and we will not be tolerating them. This is your wake-up call.” (Avid Life Media is based in Toronto.) Depending on what the investigation turns up, these hackers might find themselves singing “Jailbreak” before too long.

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