Updated 3:03 p.m. | Personal information gathered from a cyber assault on online-fling facilitator Ashley Madison has now hit the Web, and a handful of Capitol Hill accounts appear to have been laid bare.
Per media reports , the client records harvested by hackers identifying themselves as "Impact Team" include some 36 million email addresses. Ashley Madison does not, by its own admission, engage in any type of email verification, making fictitious accounts another resource in the cheater's toolbox.
Approximately 15,000 of those appear to sport the “.mil” or “.gov” designation assigned to the armed forces and federal agencies, respectively. Impact Team has not divulged the names associated with the pilfered hook-up records, but a data-driven social media user combed through the information and compiled the most common occurrences.
Among those purportedly seeking relations away from their spouses are emails associated with:
- The office of GOP presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
- The Capitol Police.
- Seven folks with ties to House offices.
- Nearly four dozen people who punch timecards at the White House.
Sans a deep dive into the dark web to parse the full batch of raw data released for public scrutiny, HOH has no sure way of knowing which of our friends, neighbors and/or colleagues were looking to get their freak on away from prying eyes.
A Cruz aide assured HOH that nary a soul in that office is surreptitiously on the prowl.
“The email address in question is email@example.com, a publicly and widely available forwarding address that is often entered into web contact forms by people with no connection to our office,” Team Cruz said of the generic mailbox.
No one from the Capitol Police or Senate Sergeant-at-Arms responded to queries concerning particularly lustful aides.
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