Following the publication of Ashley Madison’s user base online, the Sunday Times has traced the credit card details of prominent South African users.
According to the newspaper, among the users whose identity it verified were academics from Stellenbosch University, the University of Johannesburg, and the University of Cape Town.
E-mail account information showed that employees from Eskom, the Department of Justice, major municipalities, and the SA police were also signed up to the extramarital affair website.
While the newspaper stated it had verified the identity of several local users of the site, it did not disclose their names.
According to a report in City Press, it found the following user accounts in the hack list:
- 57 academics from Stellenbosch University
- 41 academics from NMMU
- 140 Eskom employees
- 51 Telkom employees
- 18 correctional services employees
- 15 SAPS members
In July, news broke that Ashley Madison was hit by hackers, who claimed to have stolen personal information about its members.
The user information included names, photographs, and “sexual fantasies”.
The hacker group, called Impact Team, warned at the time that the information would be leaked online unless the site closed down. The site did not close, and the hackers released the stolen data as promised.
MyBroadband’s analysis of the leaked e-mail account database revealed there were just under 50,000 .za e-mail addressed registered with Ashley Madison.
There were 15,357 registered users who said they were in Johannesburg, 12,560 in Cape Town, 10,237 in Pretoria, and 6,343 in Durban.
The full report can be read in the Sunday Times of 23 August 2015.