Date
16 December 2017
Emails from Hong Kong government agencies are included in the massive data that a group of hackers had stolen from cheating site Ashley Madison. Photos: Reuters, Facebook
Emails from Hong Kong government agencies are included in the massive data that a group of hackers had stolen from cheating site Ashley Madison. Photos: Reuters, Facebook

Hong Kong government emails in Ashley Madison data leak

The email addresses of personnel in the Hong Kong government and Legislative Council were among the massive files of data divulged by a group of hackers who had broken into the computer system of online dating platform Ashley Madison, Apple Daily reported on Thursday.

The report implies that these civil servants were using the services of the social networking site for people looking for casual sex encounters and extramarital affairs.

The hackers group called Impact Team on Tuesday made good its threat to publish the data online. It had earlier asked Avid Life Media, the Canadian owner of the site, to close it down.

The huge data uploaded onto the so-called Deep Web includes user names, passwords, email addresses, credit card information and naked pictures of members.

Among the information, about 9.7 gigabytes in size, are tens of thousands of email addresses ending with .hk, including 100 with .edu.hk and nine with .gov.hk, the newspaper said.

The email addresses include those from the Education Bureau, Social Welfare Department and the Legislative Council.

Pan-democrat legislator Lee Cheuk-yan urged the government to launch an investigation.

He said if true, the report thatcivil servants were using their office emails to register with the cheaters’ website could severely harm the Hong Kong government’s image.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation and Canadian law enforcement agencies have launched an investigation into the data breach.

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