Josh Duggar may be the center of the whole Ashley Madison hacked data controversy but this situation will not last long. Federal workers who have used government Internet services in accessing the infamous website will soon find their names on the headlines.
Louisiana GOP executive director Jason Doré admitted that he had an account with Ashley Madison. The Associated Press found names of White House executives, employees from the departments of State, Defense, Justice, Energy, Treasury, Transportation and Homeland Security in the Ashley Madison hacked data already dumped in the dark web.
GOP executive director said Ashley Madison account for research purposes only
Speaking exclusively with Nola.com, Doré admitted that he had an account with Ashley Madison and his name is even included in the hacked data that is now being circulated across the dark web. He however reasoned that his account was set up in good faith and that would be for “opposition research.”
“As the state’s leading opposition research firm, our law office routinely searches public records, online databases and websites of all types to provide clients with comprehensive reports,” Doré told Nola.com.
Nola.com found that Doré’s expenditure on Ashley Madison amounted to $175.98. The GOP executive director set up an account in 2013.
“Our utilization of this site was for standard opposition research. Unfortunately, it ended up being a waste of money and time,” Doré said.
Hundreds of U.S. federal workers on Ashley Madison cheaters list
The Associated Press has learned that hundreds of government employees had set up an account on Ashley Madison. Some of them even used Internet connections in their offices to access Ashley Madison website, AP reported.
AP saw the names of two U.S. attorneys in the list. There is also the name of an information technology administrator from President Barack Obama’s office. The list also include “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,” AP said in its report.
AP was able to get the comment from a Justice Department investigator on condition of anonymity. The investigator told AP that if he senses blackmail will result from the “things I shouldn’t be doing,” he would then confess his deeds to his family and employer.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter meanwhile told AP that Pentagon is already investigating defense and military personnel in relation to the Ashley Madison controversy. The secretary said adultery is a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice.