U of M, Minnesota government emails exposed in Ashley Madison leak

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Minnesota was not unscathed in the Ashley Madison user leak, and it turns out more than 100 government and almost 500 University of Minnesota email addresses were exposed in the hack.

The website, which has a slogan, "Life is short. Have an affair," allows married people to connect in search of a dalliance. The website touts "anonymity for its users," but recently more than 36 million user accounts were hacked and identities exposed, Bloomberg Business reports.

A Digg analysis found Minnesota ranked No. 21 in the nation out of states with registered users.

For the University of Minnesota, email addresses made the Top 10 list on an Inside Higher Education analysis. Minnesota was No. 8 on the Higher Education list with 485 email accounts associated with the university.

The organization looked at emails with .edu addresses associated with universities.

The study notes that some universities do allow alumni to use email addresses, and the analysis does not reveal the breakdown of teachers, faculty, staff and students.

KSTP reports Josh More of Eyra Security in Burnsville found 107 accounts connected to government and school district email domains in Minnesota.

The website, however, does not verify the emails, and data analysts note some of the accounts exposed are indeed fake.

Already Minnesota divorce attorneys are preparing, but KSTP reports evidence of infidelity does not make the process faster in Minnesota, since it's a no-fault divorce state.

According to a statement, the Toronto-based website says it is working with Canadian and American authorities to investigate the data breach.

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