Ashley Madison Data Leak Exposes Reckless Work Email Use


A group of “hacktivists” claiming to possess troves of user data stolen from the affair-arrangement site Ashley Madison appeared Tuesday to carry out its threat to leak the private data if the site wasn’t taken down.

The 9.7-gigabyte encrypted file now online purports to reveal the personal data of over 30 million Ashley Madison users, including their login details, payment transactions, names, street addresses and, yes, their self-described sexual fantasies. And one analysis of the massive data dump has left email and IT experts especially intrigued: Some 15,000 Ashley Madison accounts are registered to the .gov and .mil domains that host government and military email accounts.

Not all these government-related email addresses are likely to belong to authentic Ashley Madison users; the site doesn’t require its free users to validate their emails. But there’s a high likelihood a few would-be cheaters felt perfectly ok to use their work emails to…

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