- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Thousands of clients of the Ashley Madison website, which helps adults cheat on their spouses, listed email addresses registered to the White House, the Pentagon and other federal agencies, a data dump by hackers has revealed.

A list of government-related email addresses posted online Wednesday showed 44 Ashley Madison clients had used the email address “whitehouse.gov.” The Army led the list, with more than 6,700 email addresses, followed by the Navy, with more than 1,600.

The Department of Veterans Affairs also was high on the list, with 108. The Justice Department appears to have 11 people on the list. The Department of Homeland Security had 45, and the IRS had six.

Nor was Congress immune from the data dump: Seven Ashley Madison clients used email addresses ending in “mail.house.gov,” the domain for the House of Representatives.

Hackers broke into the cheating website about a month ago, and information on 32 million Ashley Madison users was posted online late Tuesday. The data included personal information of those who appeared to be using the site.

Pastebin.com posted the breakdown of how many clients came from various government websites.

Many of the clients who used “whitehouse.gov” appeared to be giving phony email addresses. Some of the names given were “president@whitehouse.gov,” “billclinton@whitehouse.gov,” “georgebush@whitehouse.gov,” “orackbobama@whitehouse.gov” and “billybob@whitehouse.gov.”

Avid Life Media, parent company of Ashley Madison, confirmed that the FBI and Canadian law enforcement authorities were investigating the hack.

But the company wouldn’t confirm that the information released was real.

“We are actively monitoring and investigating this situation to determine the validity of any information posted online and will continue to devote significant resources to this effort,” said social media director Anthony Macri.

The group that hacked the site, the Impact Team, accused Ashley Madison of promoting prostitution and criticized the company for its “full delete” service, which promised to scrub client data from the company’s records for a $19 fee.

The hackers said Ashley Madison raked in millions of dollars for the “delete” service but kept the client information on file.

“Find yourself in here?” the group asked users about the leaked records. “It was ALM that failed you and lied to you. Prosecute them and claim damages. Then move on with your life. Learn your lesson and make amends. Embarrassing now, but you’ll get over it.”

• Dave Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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