Almost 500 Wexford people are members of adultery website

By David Tucker

Published 25/08/2015 | 00:00

The Ashley Madison website facilitates adultery with the slogan 'life is short, have an affair'.
The Ashley Madison website facilitates adultery with the slogan 'life is short, have an affair'.
Top: World map showing distribution of leaked emails (highest density in orange). Above: The Ashley Madison website facilitates adultery with the slogan 'life is short, have an affair'.

ALMOST 500 Wexford people, 93 of them in Wexford town, are registered members of the Ashley Madison adultery website.

Most of them are men, the 90 plus per cent registered in Wexford town typical of the breakdown between males and females on the site throughout the county.

Information released by hackers reveals that 93 people in Wexford town are members. There are 140 in Gorey, 131 in New Ross, 81 in Enniscorthy, 13 in an area referred to as Rochestown and 12 in Bunclody.

Among the Co. Wexford email addresses listed in the data released by the hackers are those of a town council member, a member of staff at a car dealership, and a member of the GAA.

Ashley Madison does not verify email addresses so it is possible to use the site with someone else's email address.

As well as the email addresses, the release included credit card numbers, passwords, sexual preferences, names and home addresses.

A number of '@rte.ie', '@gov.ie' and '@garda.ie' also appeared in the data.

Up to 14,000 email addresses were among the data, with 300 Irish university email addresses implicated, 244 originating from Trinity College.

The first data dump, 9.7 gigabytes in size, was posted last week, which appear to include account details and log-ins for some 32 million users of the social networking site, touted as the premier site for married individuals seeking partners for affairs. Since then more data has been dumped.

Seven years worth of credit card and other payment transaction details are part of the dump, going back to 2008.

The data, which amounts to millions of payment transactions, includes names, street address, email address and amount paid, but not credit card numbers; instead it includes four digits for each transaction that may be the last four digits of the credit card or simply a transaction ID unique to each charge.

Many of the names used by the account holders are pseudonyms. The names of a politician, civil servants, academics and businessmen are among the thousands of Irish people who have had details of their alleged accounts on website. The TD, who is not from Wexford, has rubbished suggestions that he is or was a member of the site.

Up to 110,000 Irish people are listed on the site.

Earlier this year, Ashley Madison was hacked by an online activist group calling itself Impact Group.

The hackers threatened Canadian holding company Avid Life Media with release of the data, if the owners failed to shut down the website. Avid Life did not shut down the website and in the past week, the two huge batches of information were published online by the hackers.

Canadian widower Eliot Shore, who joined the site after his wife of 30 years died of cancer, is leading a £368 million lawsuit against Ashley Madison after he was among 37 million who had their private details published on the internet.

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