A week after hackers revealed the potential identities of millions of people with accounts on the Ashley Madison adultery site, the NBC Connecticut Troubleshooters have learned five of those leaked accounts appear to be linked to the email addresses of Hartford city and public school employees.
The revelation may prompt some city policy changes. Hartford auditors told the Troubleshooters that next month, they will recommend that the city government and school system block city server access to Ashley Madison, along with dating sites such as Match.com and eHarmony.
Hartford's internal audit department has identified five email addresses from the city and public school system used to sign up for Ashley Madison, mostly during 2011 and 2012.
The five include two email addresses from the Hartford Police Department, two from Hartford Public Schools and one linked to the Hartford Public Works Department.
Auditors said about 600 emails from Ashley Madison were sent to those email addresses.
It's not clear if anyone read the Ashley Madison messages or for how long. Auditors also have not asked the employees if they personally created the Ashley Madison accounts or if someone else may have used their email addresses.
Auditors also pointed out that city policies permit employees to use their government email accounts for "brief and infrequent" personal matters, so the people identified who still work for the city likely will not be disciplined.