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Federal, state government workers among those listed in cheating website data

By Doug G. Ware
Federal, state government workers among those listed in cheating website data
The email addresses of numerous state and federal government employees were used to create accounts at the cheating website Ashley Madison, information leaked by hackers revealed. Photo: Michael Warwick / Shutterstock

SACRAMENTO, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- The email addresses of numerous current and former federal and state employees were found in the leaked data hackers obtained from the cheating website Ashley Madison, news media reported Thursday.

A hacker recently obtained the data from the site, which is effectively a dating site for married couples looking for an affair. One of the first people identified from the data was Joshua Duggar, the conservative reality TV star and marriage advocate.

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However, email addresses of dozens of government workers have also reportedly been found in the data cache.

In California, for instance, the info lists government email addresses from the Department of Transportation, General Services, Public Health, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Industrial Relations and Water Resources, and the state judiciary, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.

"Any misuse of state resources is a concern and is taken seriously and investigated accordingly," California Government Operations Agency spokeswoman Lynda Gledhill said.

Several other government agencies were also included on the users list. The hack exposed the email addresses and other data for about 37 million people

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