"How to check if you were exposed in the leaked Ashley Madison data," offered The Sydney Morning Herald. "First celebrity appears to be named in Ashley Madison leak," said news.com.au. Contrast this with the headlines generated a few weeks ago in relation to another data dump: "Govt confirms eight Australians hacked by IS," said Sky News. And The Daily Telegraph went with "Islamic State hackers attack Australian public servants, issuing a frightening hit list".
Why cheater details ‘leaked’, but terrorists are ‘hackers’
About half the stories mentioning the Ashley Madison data dump used the term "leak", bringing to mind whistleblowers revealing information in the public interest. So why was an Islamic State data dump called a "hack"?