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Roger That: Hackers release thousands of military, government email addresses from AshleyMadison site

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Hackers released account information belonging to millions of users of the adultery website AshleyMadison.com, including some 15,000 email addresses possibly linked to government and military email addresses, Wired magazine has reported.

The registered email addresses, as well as the names, addresses and phone numbers submitted by 37 million users of the website that promotes marital affairs, were part of a recent data dump by hackers who stole the sensitive personal information in July, the magazine reported.

Emails connected to the U.S. military were the largest users of the website. The Defense Department couldn't immediately confirm whether the military domains were valid.

The Department of Veterans Affairs employees are the largest, non-military federal users of Ashley Madison, a website that helps users cheat on their spouses, according to a database of site members posted by hackers Tuesday. Exactly 104 emails belong to the “va.gov” domain. The second highest non-military department is the Federal Bureau of Prisons at 88 emails. Even the Department of Homeland Security turns up 45 emails, according to the Daily Caller.

The hackers, known as the Impact Team, posted the 9.7 gig database archive Tuesday, which shows the email addresses and personal details of approximately 37 million users.

Amid growing tensions with Russia over the Ukraine, the United States has launched the biggest allied airborne drills in Europe since the Cold War ended, as fighting involving pro-Russian separatists escalated in eastern Ukraine, according to Defense News.

Nearly 5,000 soldiers from 11 NATO nations are taking part in four weeks of “simultaneous multinational airborne operations” across Germany, Italy, Bulgaria and Romania that are set to launch Saturday, the U.S. Army said in a statement.

“Swift Response 15 is the largest Allied airborne training event on the continent since the end of the Cold War,” according to the statement from the U.S. Army in Grafenwohr in southern Germany.

It is designed to help allied “high-readiness forces” act as one and “demonstrate the alliance’s capacity to rapidly deploy and operate in support of maintaining a strong and secure Europe,” the statement said.

The scheduled graduation on Friday of two female soldiers from the Army’s notoriously grueling 62-day Ranger School has put new pressure on the U.S. military to make women eligible to serve across its combat ranks, current and former U.S. officials said, according to a news analysis by the Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe.

The historic achievement by the two women, both graduates of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., comes amid a sweeping assessment at the Pentagon that is expected to lead to the removal of long-standing barriers to female soldiers across the armed services and will open the door to elite special ops units, such as the U.S. Navy SEALs.

How far and fast those gender boundaries shift is expected to become evident within months, when each branch of the military is required to submit a petition to senior leaders in the Pentagon listing the dwindling set of jobs that they want to remain all-male, with detailed justifications required for every category from which women would be excluded.

The U.S. Air Force has a huge ace up its sleeve should the nuclear deal with Iran fall apart and diplomatic efforts fail to stop Iran from building a nuclear weapon.

If the U.S. decides to take out Iranian nuclear weapons, the plan would likely involve a 30,000-pound super bunker-busting bomb equipped with a 5,000-pound warhead, according to the military website Task and Purpose.

At 15 tons, it is six times the size of the largest bunker-busting bombs that existed before its development. It’s more than 20 feet long, nearly 3 feet wide, and is designed to smash through dozens of yards of reinforced steel and concrete before detonating a monster explosion that will send a shock wave that will be felt for miles in all directions. The massive bomb is so large it can only be dropped by the United States’ massive strategic long-range bombers — the B-52 Stratofortress and the B-2 Spirit.

Such a monster bomb is exactly what will be needed, according to military analysts, if the U.S. intends to take out Iran’s most heavily fortified nuclear research facilities, such as the underground Fordo uranium enrichment facility, near the holy city of Qom.

Contact reporter Mike Fitzgerald at mfitzgerald@bnd.com or 618-239-2533.

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