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Ashley Madison Hack’s Early SC Impact: Limited, But Growing

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HANDFUL OF GOVERNMENT EMAIL ADDRESSES LINKED TO CHEATING WEBSITE

|| By FITSNEWS || A handful of government email addresses in South Carolina have been associated with accounts used to access Ashley Madison – the “cheater’s website” that’s been brought to its knees by hackers in recent weeks.

So far, email addresses linked to several city, county and state government employees have surfaced – many of which were contained in a list published by the website CopBlock.com.

Several South Carolina government email addresses appeared on that list.  One of them is affiliated with an administrator at the S.C. Department of Education (SCSDE) who is responsible for the government-run school system’s “climate initiative.”

Another is an email address is affiliated with a battalion chief in the Charleston, S.C. fire department.

Addresses linked to a former eight circuit solicitor’s office employee, a city official in Greenwood, S.C., a county official in Jasper County, S.C. and a county official in Beaufort County, S.C. have also been uncovered.

Another address on the list was linked to an employee at the S.C. Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC).

Now … did any of these government employees actually use their addresses to access this website?

It’s not immediately clear, although FITS has spoken with several municipal, county and state officials who say their agencies are conducting investigations in an effort to determine the legitimacy of email addresses affiliated with the website.

Obviously anyone who used government resources to further any sort of romantic relationship (ahem, Mark Sanford) deserves to lose their job immediately.

Now … what about elected or appointed officials (or other names of note) who used private email addresses to access the site?

That’s a different story …

As we noted last month – when hackers first threatened to release this information – our view on “outing” people involves a pretty precise definition.

“Unless the public figure in question is wasting tax money, abusing their office or committing some sort of crime in the furtherance of their illicit liaison – or is some sort of sanctimonious ‘family values’ hypocrite – we’re not inclined to write on what goes on in their personal life,” wrote.

The release of the data doesn’t change that, although obviously we can’t control what stories other media outlets break that we might be compelled to comment on.

The first data dump from the hackers contained information on 33 million Ashley Madison accounts – including user names, first names, last names, IP addresses, street addresses, email addresses, phone numbers and credit card information.  Oh, and all the salacious details of the users’ sexual interests.

Within hours, the scandal had claimed its first high-profile victim (who just so happened to be one of those family values hypocrites).

Hackers followed up their initial release by leaking data on Noel Biderman – CEO of Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison’s parent company.

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