California state government emails linked to Ashley Madison site – Los Angeles Times
The government email addresses of nearly 50 current and former California state workers were included in a list made public by hackers of users of Ashley Madison, the online dating site for married people.
Email addresses on the list included those for employees of the state departments of Transportation, General Services, Public Health, Corrections and Rehabilitation, Industrial Relations and Water Resources, as well as the state judiciary. No elected officials were on the list of government emails.
A representative of the Brown administration said tech workers routinely check websites for evidence that state emails are being improperly used and some have been found in the past. But she would not say whether any emails have been linked by the state to Ashley Madison.
“Any misuse of state resources is a concern and is taken seriously and investigated accordingly,” said Lynda Gledhill, a spokeswoman for the state Government Operations Agency.
Departments are notified for possible disciplinary action and they have done more than 100 such notifications so far this year, Gledhill said.
One state employee whose email was on the list and who spoke on condition of anonymity because he did not want to jeopardize his job said that he does not recall using the email to sign onto the Ashley Madison site. He said he might have done so just to see what the website was about. He said he has not used the site’s services.
“I’m certainly not saying that there is no possibility that I created a profile. I just honestly don’t have a recollection of doing so,” the employee said.
A group called the Impact Team hacked the personal information of 37 million users of the Ashley Madison website and earlier this week posted the information, including email addresses, on the Internet. Technology websites have since posted the government email addresses that were included on the list.
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