#CyberFLASH: Canadian public servant email addresses on hacked Ashley Madison list

cpt104287884.jpg.size.original.promoThe apparent email addresses of hundreds of Canadian federal, provincial and municipal government employees are contained in a massive leaked list of names purported to be users of Ashley Madison, a matchmaking website for cheating spouses.

Ashley Madison does not send verification emails, meaning the accounts might not belong to actual users of the site and could simply be the work of disgruntled tricksters. Further, the data goes back to 2004, suggesting some email addresses may no longer be operational.

In a statement, Toronto-based Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media, said it was actively monitoring and investigating the leak to determine the validity of any information posted online.

It did not immediately respond to a question about why people can register for Ashley Madison with unverified or fake email addresses.

Federally, more than 170 addresses associated with the Canadian Armed Forces are on the list, and hundreds more from other departments and agencies, including justice, public works, the Canada Revenue Agency and the RCMP.

At least one MP was registered by name. Several email addresses attached to the Senate were registered although not under any sitting senators’ names.

According to data on AshleyMadison.com, there were more than 55,000 users on the website living in Ottawa in 2013, making it the most infidelity-friendly city in Canada.

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