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Ashley Madison hackers expose Alberta government and police subscribers

WATCH ABOVE: A group vowing to release sensitive user information belonging to clients of Ashley Madison appears to have made good on its promise. As Shallima Maharaj reports, Alberta government and police subscribers appear to be on the list.

EDMONTON — Hundreds of email addresses from Alberta provincial and municipal governments and universities appear on a list of accounts apparently subscribed to a website dedicated to extramarital affairs.

A total of 425 Ashley Madison subscribers used the @ualberta.ca domain assigned to University of Alberta staff and students. Forty-eight email addresses have been tied to Government of Alberta employees, according to a list obtained by Global News.

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The numbers for the rest of the province break down as follows:

Edmonton

  • 17 City of Edmonton email addresses
  • 2 Edmonton Police Service email addresses

Calgary

  • 90 University of Calgary email addresses
  • 30 City of Calgary email addresses
  • 17 Mount Royal University
  • 10 Calgary Board of Education
  • 6 Calgary Police Service email addresses
  • 5 Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • 4 Calgary Health Region email addresses
  • 4 Alberta College of Art and Design
  • 1 Calgary John Howard Society email address
  • 1 Calgary Golf Academy email address
  • 1 Calgary Honda email address

Lethbridge

  • 4 City of Lethbridge email addresses
  • 5 Lethbridge College email addresses
  • 3 Lethbridge School District email addresses
  • 1 Lethbridge County email address

After eliminating duplicates, 273,320 Canadian-registered email addresses appear in the data. Over 600 federal government email addresses are included on the list, 16 from the RCMP and 163 from the Canadian Forces.

WATCH: Ashley Madison hackers have released the info of millions of users around the world. Some of the users are here in Calgary with ties to the government, the police force and even the University of Calgary. Nancy Hixt reports.

On Tuesday, hackers apparently made good on threats to publish data on 32 million users of the Ashley Madison service.

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READ MORE: RCMP, military email addresses in Canadian Ashley Madison data

Experts said the data appeared to be authentic, in the sense of actually being from ashleymadison.com and not fake. However, the quality of the original data is questionable – users didn’t have to verify their email addresses when they started an account.

With files from Patrick Cain and Max Hartshorn, Global News.

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