Huge amounts of personal information, including sexual fantasies and thousands of e-mail addresses, was leaked online Tuesday after the extramarital affair Web site Ashley Madison was hacked in July, according to a report first published in Wired.
While the data contains a trove of information about the site’s users, it also contains numerous military and government e-mail addresses that affair-seekers used to sign up for the service.
The e-mails included at least 250 e-mail accounts connected to numerous aircraft carriers, according to a report in the Virginian Pilot. Additionally, the Pilot notes that the data included e-mail addresses associated with every destroyer and amphibious assault ship in the U.S. Navy.
According to an analysis on the Web, the hacked e-mails include 6,788 army.mil, 1,665 navy.mil and 809 usmc.mil addresses. However, some of the addresses might be misleading because Ashley Madison does not require valid e-mail addresses to sign up and use the service.
The Pentagon couldn’t confirm which addresses were valid Tuesday, stating that confirmation would have to come from the respective services themselves, according to Military.com
The group that hacked the site — known as The Impact Team— targeted Ashley Madison because its parent company, Avid Life Media, charges the sites’ users if they want to delete their profiles from the site.
Impact Team notified the Avid Life Media in July after it successfully hacked both Ashley Madison and another site —Established Men — but only released the data Tuesday after both sites remained online despite their threats.
“This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality,” Avid Life Media said in a statement on its Web site Tuesday. “It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities.”