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.”
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.
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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