Some people in the government have a reason to worry.
Numerous connections between public officials – including some in the White House – and the marital cheating website known as Ashley Madison have been confirmed.
Hackers are following through on their threat to release private information about subscribers who use the website to have extramarital affairs, and have exposed the fact that federal workers have been using the site – some on the taxpayer’s dime.
“I was doing some things I shouldn’t have been doing,” a Justice Department investigator told the Associate Press.
According to the AP:
Hundreds of U.S. government employees — including some with sensitive jobs in the White House, Congress and law enforcement agencies — used Internet connections in their federal offices to access and pay membership fees to the cheating website Ashley Madison.
The AP traced many of the accounts exposed by hackers back to federal workers. They included at least two assistant U.S. attorneys; an information technology administrator in the Executive Office of the President; a division chief, an investigator and a trial attorney in the Justice Department; a government hacker at the Homeland Security Department and another DHS employee who indicated he worked on a U.S. counterterrorism response team.
The AP is not releasing the names of the federal workers because, it said, they are not “elected officials” and haven’t been “accused of a crime” – yet.
According to the AP, some subscribers paid for the website services via their government accounts.
The AP was able to trace government Internet connections to discover that workers in more than two dozen Obama administration agencies were busy on Ashley Madison.
The AP’s review … focused on searching for government employees in especially sensitive positions who could perhaps become blackmail targets. The government hacker at the Homeland Security Department, who did not respond to phone or email messages, included photographs of his wife and infant son on his Facebook page.
One assistant U.S. attorney declined through a spokesman to speak to the AP, and another did not return phone or email messages.
A White House spokesman said Thursday he could not immediately comment on the matter. The IT administrator in the White House did not return email messages.
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