The release of personal information reportedly belonging to more than 36 million members of adultery-focused dating site AshleyMadison.com contains 15,000 email addresses with military or federal government domains, according to a separate online data dump.
The unverified totals, posted by Twitter user @t0x0 and cited by Wired magazine and other media outlets, include 6,788 addresses ending in “us.army.mil,” another 1,665 ending in “navy.mil,” 809 ending in “usmc.mil” and 206 in “mail.mil.”
The presence of an individual’s email account in the leaked files doesn’t indicate its owner participated in services offered by the website, which uses the slogan “Life is short. Have an affair.” It may not mean the owner even signed up in the first place.
“People would put whatever email address on there, and Ashley Madison wouldn’t check it,” said Robert Graham, CEO of Errata Security, a cybersecurity consulting company he’s run for the past 10 years. “People could lie, and they often did lie.”