LUMBERTON — The email addresses of two Robeson County government employees and two employees of the Public Schools of Robeson County are among the more than 30 million revealed by a group that hacked Ashley Madison, an online site that helps users find people with which to have affairs, according to one website that sifted through the newly released information.
Hackers exposed the personal information of Ashley Madison users last week after criticizing the mission of the site, whose slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.”
NC Capitol Connection analyzed the data and, so far, has found about 100 email addresses that lead back to governments in North Carolina.
The site posted redacted versions of the addresses, leaving only the domains visible. The list shows two accounts leading back to the school system and two from the county, including one from the Health Department.
Ashley Madison reportedly did not verify accounts, meaning users could have supplied someone else’s email when signing up.
Both county and school administrators plan to investigate the situation.
Assistant County Manager Jason King said county administration had not been aware of the county emails found through the hack until Wednesday. Tasha Oxendine, public information officer for the school system, said administrators are in the early stages of looking into the matter.
Many governments prohibit using work email addresses for personal matters.
The county’s policy for email use, which each employee is required to review and sign, does not prohibit using county emails for personal business, only using web-based emails to discuss county business.
The school system’s policy, which also applies to students, states that the use of “school system technological resources for non-school-related purposes, such as for commercial gain or profit or for political lobbying, is prohibited.”
NC Capitol Connection say it is still analyzing the full list of emails.
Sarah Willets can be reached at 910-816-1974 or on Twitter @Sarah_Willets.