FRANKFORT — A website that helps married people have affairs is now off limits to Kentucky state employees on their state-issued computers and phones.
Workers in the state legislative branch were notified Friday morning that they no longer could access the Ashley Madison website. Employees in the executive branch were blocked from accessing the site on Thursday.
State judicial branch employees were already blocked from visiting the Ashley Madison site, said Jamie Neal, a spokeswoman for the state Administrative Office of the Courts. She said the court system has a firewall that blocks all dating websites.
The website's database of 32 million customers was leaked this week by hackers.
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The Associated Press reported Friday that its analysis of the leaked data found hundreds of U.S. government employees who used Internet connections in their federal offices to access and pay membership fees to the site.
Pamela Trautner, a spokeswoman for the Commonwealth Office of Technology in Frankfort, released on Friday a copy of an email sent to state workers Thursday in response to concerns that state workers had accessed Ashley Madison using state-owned technology.
It said: "The commonwealth has guidelines requiring all executive branch state employees to be made aware of the policy outlining appropriate use of state-owned technology. Abuses are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
"We are not aware of the validity of this list, nor whether it indicates that certain employees violated the terms of this policy.
"We are, however, asking agencies to revisit the policy with all employees and once again stress the responsibility that each state employee has to appropriately use state resources.
"Additionally, since we've been made aware of the possibility that employees may access this site from state computers, the Commonwealth Office of Technology has taken immediate steps to block access, and restrict emails from coming into the server that contain this domain name."
Trautner said it is not unusual for the state to block access to questionable websites for its employees.
The state's technology office uses outside security vendors and manages a list of blocked websites, Trautner said.
Blocked sites, she said, range from pornographic sites to gaming sites.