- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

PHOENIX (AP) - More than two dozen email addresses belonging to Arizona state and city employees were among the millions posted this week by hackers of cheating website Ashley Madison.

The hackers, who released a second data dump Thursday, previously posted user information that included 19 email addresses tied to various state agencies including the Arizona Department of Corrections and the Department of Economic Security.

There was also a registered user with an email domain from the Arizona Corporation Commission, Department of Racing and Department of Administration, The Arizona Republic reported (https://bit.ly/1gYNkWz).

There is no policy prohibiting workers from using work email for personal matters, according to the Arizona Department of Administration.

Five user accounts were registered to emails from the City of Phoenix and another five contained the email domain for Maricopa County, KPHO-TV in Phoenix reported.

“The city is looking into allegations that its email domain, ‘phoenix.gov,’ appears on the hacked Ashley Madison list,” Phoenix spokeswoman Julie Watters said. “We are determining if city email accounts were used to sign up for this site as well as the authenticity process for registering on this website. Until more information is gathered, no conclusions can be determined.”

Messages left with the county seeking comment were not immediately returned Thursday.

In addition, about half a dozen email addresses have the official domain for employees of Luke Air Force Base. The Air Force as a whole is investigating, Luke AFB spokeswoman Kiley Dougherty said.

“At this time no action is being taken on any of the Air Force members allegedly involved until we have a complete understanding of what’s going on,” Dougherty told The Associated Press.

Engaging in marital infidelity is a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, Dougherty added.

Ashley Madison markets itself as a website for spouses seeking extramarital affairs. An Associated Press analysis of the hacked data shows subscribers included hundreds of U.S. government civilian and military employees - including some who have sensitive jobs in the White House, Congress and law enforcement.

The data breach also spurred ex-reality star Josh Duggar to admit Thursday to being “the biggest hypocrite ever” as a user of the site. He asked for prayers for his wife in a statement posted on the Duggar family’s website.

Avid Life Media, the site’s Toronto-based parent company, said in a statement Tuesday that it is trying to determine the validity of the posted information. It also called the hackers “criminals” for harming people who simply engage in legal online activities.

“The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society,” the statement said.


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