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Thousands of government emails implicated in Ashley Madison affair

The release of records pilfered by hackers from the infidelity website Ashley Madison may present a headache for thousands of US government and military personnel, who used their official emails to register.

According to preliminary analysis of the data, which appeared on the ‘dark web’ on Tuesday, almost 60,000 members have addresses in Washington, DC, and over 15,000 accounts were affiliated with a .gov or a .mil address.

After holding the data hostage for a month, the hacker group calling itself Impact Team released almost 10 gigabytes of Ashley Madison records, containing sensitive customer information such as payment transaction and credit card details, emails, names, addresses, phone numbers and member profiles.

Owned by Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison boasts over 38 million users drawn to the company’s slogan “Life is short. Have an affair.”Membership is free for women, while men pay $49 for 100 credits on the site, used to chat, send messages and virtual gifts.





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