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Fake R.T. Rybak email leaked in Ashley Madison hack

While Ashley Madison disputes the validity of leaked user information, exposed cheaters around the world are owning up to membership.

While Ashley Madison disputes the validity of leaked user information, exposed cheaters around the world are owning up to membership.

Is former Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak a cheater?

A tweet published Wednesday morning by Republican official Nancy LaRoche seemed to suggest it was possible.

LaRoche is the former GOP chair for the 5th Congressional District. According to her Twitter account, she’s been watching the hacking of cheaters hookup site AshleyMadison.com unfold like countless other curious bystanders.

In mid-July, a hacking collective called Impact Team claimed credit for breaking into AshleyMadison.com’s databases and stealing the private information of more than 30 million married users who thought they were signing up for discreet affairs. The hackers threatened to expose them all if Ashley Madison did not dismantle the site.

Tuesday, Impact Team made good on its threat. It leaked 9.7 gigabytes worth of names, addresses, emails, credit card transactions, and online profile information detailing members’ sexual fantasies. About 10,000 of the leaked email addresses look like they belong to government officials, including Department of Justice and NASA employees.

A few Minnesota emails were also listed. There was a Department of Agriculture worker and a Minneapolis Fire Department captain, in addition to "[email protected]

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Aside from the obvious questions — like why anybody trying to cheat would sign up with a government email — Rybak’s name is clearly misspelled.

Janna Hottinger of GenerationNext, where the former mayor currently works, confirmed that address has never been used with the city of Minneapolis.

LaRoche could not be reached for comment Wednesday.