15,000 Ashley Madison Adultery Site Clients Used Federal Government Emails
Ever wonder what the Federal employees the government considers next to impossible to fire do all day? Well, for at least 15,000 Federal employees who used their work emails to log into AshleyMadison.com, a dating site that allows you to arrange “discrete” “relationships,” many of which are with married individuals, that answer is pretty clear.
Ashley Madison, whose tagline is “Life is Short, Have an Affair,” is the subject of a massive hack, with a group called “Impact Team” harvesting emails and holding them hostage. Last night, the hackers released the email addresses and while the database isn’t secure enough to search, it contains around 37 million records. DC-based users lead the nation in Ashley Madison profiles, and the logged emails come from areas across the government, from the State Department to Homeland Security and beyond.
Thousands of clients using the affair-oriented Ashley Madison website listed email addresses registered to the White House, top federal agencies and military branches, a data dump by hackers revealed.
The detailed data, released Tuesday, will likely put Washington, D.C., on edge. The nation’s capital reportedly has the highest rate of membership for the site of any city.
Indeed, more than 15,000 of the email addresses used to register accounts were hosted on government and military servers.
Buried in the list are emails that could be tied to multiple administration agencies, including the State Department and Department of Homeland Security, as well as several tied to both the House and Senate.
Some of the emails and locations may be fakes, though the dump also contains identifying information, including GPS coordinates, which registered at the site when its denizens used mobile devices to interact with their profiles.
Of course, Americans aren’t the only ones facing embarrassment. The dump also reportedly includes several British government employees, members of the United Nations and a few representatives from global government affiliates.