People working at the Vatican are reportedly among the 37 million users of the Ashley Madison website. Hackers broke into the website and have since published thousands of names of people around the world who are looking for sexual relationships outside of marriage. At least two dozen people bearing the .va web address corresponding to the Vatican had signed up to meet married persons for liaisons.
Among the people also thus exposed were some 15,000 with American military addresses and 140 with British government addresses.
A 9.7 gigabyte file entitled “Time’s Up!” was posted on the net by anonymous hackers, The files include the ages, names, addresses, phone numbers and credit card details.
AshleyMadison.com had promised not only anonymity for those seeking extra-marital relations, but also credit card security. The group of hackers who call themselves the "Impact Team" had declared that they wanted to expose what they called “cheating dirtbags” who utilize the website.
The Ashley Madison website has called the hack “an act of criminality.” The FBI is now investigating.