Almost 100 NC local, state government emails among Ashley Madison hack

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Nearly 100 North Carolina state and local government email addresses were found in connection to a massive hack involving adultery website Ashley Madison.

The email addresses were uncovered by N.C. Capitol Connection, an online publication from the Civitas Institute, a conservative organization headquartered in Raleigh.

The email addresses in question are reportedly connected to governments in Iredell, Moore, Perquimans and Wake counties.

Municipalities included Charlotte, Greensboro, Greenville, High Point and Salisbury, according to the organization.

Hackers who stole Ashley Madison customers’ personal information have followed through earlier this week with their threat to release it to the public.

The hackers claim to have posted 32 million names, credit card numbers, email and physical addresses along with the sexual preferences of customers entered into the cheaters’ dating site.

The data is posted on what is known as the “Dark Web,” a part of the Internet that can’t be searched by Google or most common search engines. It can only be viewed with a special Tor browser.

Ashley Madison, which is owned by Avid Life Media, is designed to help married people cheat on their spouses. Its slogan is “Life is short. Have an affair.” The website claims to have nearly 39 million customers.

Read more: N.C. Capitol Connection