Hackers made good Tuesday on their threat to release 9.7 gigabytes of account and credit card information from 37 million users of Ashley Madison, a dating website marketed at would-be adulterers.
Five of the email addresses released in the data dump are Los Alamos National Laboratory email addresses.
“The Lab is aware of the Ashley Madison hack involving LANL email addresses. We take the matter seriously and are looking into the matter,” a LANL spokesman said.
Cyber security experts are making it clear that just because these email addresses were apparently used to register or create an account on Ashley Madison, it does not necessarily mean that the individual owning the email address is the same individual who registered or created the account.
Data released by the hackers includes members’ names, user names, addresses, phone numbers and birth dates as well as details of credit card transactions. Profiles filled out by users may also contain embarrassing sexual preference information.
Avid Life Media owns the Ashley Madison site as well as Established Men, a site aimed at women looking to date rich men.
The hackers demanded both sites be taken down or they would release customer account information to the public.