Biggest Leak of 2015: Obama Administration Linked to Ashley Madison List Through Personnel Emails Addresses
Obama Administration Linked to Ashley Madison List Through Personnel Emails Addresses
Report from Aug 22, 2015:
Hundreds of email addresses from the Obama White House and key federal agencies appear to have been uncovered in a leaked list of clients who use Ashley Madison, the website that encourages people to sign up for a chance to cheat on their spouse.
Hackers broke into the cheating website, and late Tuesday, Wired.com reported that information on 32 million users was posted on a “dark” website used by well-known hackers. The data includes much of the personal information of the alleged users, and one link made available breaks the data down into how many clients come from various government websites.
According to that link, thousands of members of the U.S. military appear to be clients of Ashley Madison. But there also appear to be hundreds of users from other key agencies, including the White House.
The company confirmed to Reuters on Wednesday that some of the data released was authentic, but said it never stored credit card data on its website.
CSOOnline.com noted that some of the email addresses appeared to be fake, but still noted that many government officials would appear to be at risk of getting in trouble now that the list is out.
The list says there are 44 emails registered on the Ashley Madison site with a “WhiteHouse.gov” address.
The largest non-military user of Ashley Madison appears to be the Department of Veterans Affairs. The leaked summary shows 104 emails from “va.gov.”
The Federal Bureau of Prisons is close behind, with 88 emails. The U.S. Postal Service shows 52 emails, and the Department of Homeland Security has 45.
The cheating website also has 42 emails registered from the Social Security Administration, 33 from the State Department, and six from the IRS.
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