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Over 700 Australian government officials have been caught up in the Ashley Madison cheating scandal

NOT GOOD.

You hear that? It's the sound of a massive pile of sh*t hitting the fan for over 700 Australian government officials who've been caught up in the Ashley Madison cheating scandal.

In case you hadn't heard, hackers have published the personal data of 37 million users of affair dating website Ashley Madison on the darkweb.

And as well as more than 700 Australian government officials, there are also prominent police officers caught up in the cheating scandal.

Apparently the Aussies as a whole really loved the affairs website... An infographic shows Sydney was the city with the third most Ashley Madison accounts in the world, with Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth all making the top 25.

A hacking group calling themselves the Impact Team appear to have carried out their threat to release stolen information about people signed up to the site, whose tagline is "Life is short. Have an affair."

Yesterday, the Impact Team dumped 9.7gb of data on the darkweb (basically the underground of the internet, only accessible using a private Tor browser) including sexual fantasies, email addresses, postal addresses, partial credit card details and transaction records.

Avid Life media have confirmed that the FBI are investigating the incident.

The media company said in a statement:

"We will continue to put forth substantial efforts into removing any information unlawfully released to the public, as well as continuing to operate our business.

"This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities.

"The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.

"We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world. We are continuing to fully co-operate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law."

One thing’s for sure, the fallout from this is going to be mega…