Data dump shows cheating website was a favorite for people in power

Ashley Madison Leak Reveals Thousands of Government Email Addresses
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The leak of 10GB worth of personal user data from the Ashley Madison hack has revealed a deluge of email addresses associated with government employees, bankers, politicians and military personnel.

The popular cheating website with the slogan, “Life is short. Have an affair,” was hacked last month, but the team behind the hack just dumped the details of nearly 36 million users onto the dark web, meaning they are accessible to anyone with encrypted browsers.

“There have been instances of Bank of America, IBM, Raytheon defense company, and Tony Blair’s gov’t office emails spotted already and the data is still coming,” reports WTFMagazine. “This leak has the potential to implicate CEOs, bankers, celebrities, politicians, business owners, and many others in powerful positions.”

More than 15,000 emails revealed by the leak are hosted on US government and military servers, as well as numerous emails associated with individuals who work for the British government.

Controversial blogger Andrew Auernheimer has been busy naming names of powerful people exposed by the leak, including individuals from Naval Intelligence, the TSA, and the Attorney General’s office.

Numerous emails belonging to CNN employees have also been posted on Twitter. Weasel Zippers also highlights 11 emails of State Department employees that were allegedly using the website.

Although the presence of an email address doesn’t mean the individual associated with it actually used the website, the sheer volume of data associated with people in government, the military and big business clearly indicates that Ashley Madison was a favorite for those in positions of power.

The data was leaked after The Impact Team, the group that first compromised the website, threatened to reveal it unless Ashley Madison was shut down. Their main gripe was the fact that users have to pay to have their information deleted.

“Avid Life Media has failed to take down Ashley Madison and Established Men,” the hackers said in a statement released with the leaked data. “We have explained the fraud, deceit, and stupidity of ALM and their members. Now everyone gets to see their data.”


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Paul Joseph Watson is the editor at large of and Prison