MP Michelle Thomson has claimed she is the victim of computer hackers after one of her e-mail addresses was linked to an adultery website.
An e-mail account set up by Ms Thomson – who represents South Queensferry – before the General Election was one of millions released after a data hack on the Ashley Madison website.
Ashley Madison, owned by Avid Life Media (ALM), has become notorious through its claim to be the internet’s leading adultery website, boasting of having nearly 39 million members and claiming that “thousands of cheating wives and cheating husbands sign up every day looking for an affair”.
Hackers, working under the name Impact Team, have managed to break into its database and have published the names, ages, addresses, phone numbers, credit card details and sexual fantasies of people found on the Ashley Madison database.
In a statement Ms Thomson, a married mother of two grown-up children, said she no longer used the e-mail address.
She said: “Along with potentially millions of others, an out-of-use e-mail address seems to have been harvested by hackers. I am not aware of or in contact with either Avid Life or Ashley Madison and look forward to finding out more about what has actually happened. However, having a personal e-mail address linked to an account doesn’t mean that person is really a user of Ashley Madison.
“Users are able to sign up to the site without responding to an e-mail verification, meaning anyone’s e-mail address could have been used to create an account.”
Ms Thomson is an IT expert having completed a MSc on the subject and having worked in financial services over 23 years in a number of roles dealing with computers.
Avid Life Media (ALM) said it is investigating the latest claims “to determine the validity of any information posted online”.
In a statement ALM said: “We will continue to put forth substantial efforts into removing information unlawfully released to the public, as well as continuing to operate our business.”
It has been reported that hackers released 10 gigabytes of data taken from the Ashley Madison website which is an online dating facility for married people.
It is claimed by the hackers that they have distributed personal information from over 30 million accounts on the ‘dark web’.
The data is said to contain names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.