At least 101 of the roughly 37 million accounts compromised in the Ashley Madison hack belonged to ESPN employees, according to a new report. The unnamed workers accessed the site from ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut, where 4,000 work.
Dozens of accounts on the service - - which used the motto “Life is short, Have an affair” - - belonged to ESPN producers, vice presidents and other execs who put on shows ranging from “SportsCenter” to “Sunday NFL Countdown,” Deadspin reported.
Of the 101 employees, 39 used their ESPN email addresses, evidence of a trend among aspiring cheaters who used their corporate or government email accounts to sign up for the adultery website. Just five percent of all Ashley Madison accounts were women, but 20 percent of the known customers who worked at ESPN were female employees.
It's not clear how many, if any, of the employees actually cheated on their spouses but if their experience was anything like the vast majority of Ashley Madison users then they almost certainly signed up in vain. As researchers and reporters have sifted through the site's internal workings (first leaked last week as part of a devastating hack committed by a group known only as the Impact Team) it's quickly become clear that the site is made up almost entirely of men seeking women.
Of the 5.5 million female accounts, there were roughly 12,000 paying users, and only 1,492 of those regularly checked their messages (compared to 20 million men), according to a Gizmodo analysis.