KENT, OH – Earlier this month, hackers released customer information from Ashley Madison.com, a website where people can go to have extramarital affairs. Since then, new reports have been surfacing. The latest involves Kent State University.
According to Inside Higher Ed, Kent State had 653 email accounts registered to the site.
"It's really random. I mean yeah, we're a really fun campus, so I can see that. I mean I would think it's the alumni and not exactly as much the actual professors here. You know, they seem like classy individuals,” said student Carli Runner.
Inside Higher Ed looked at all the .edu email addresses that were leaked online and put together a top ten list. Michigan State took first; Penn State took second; and Kent State in third. Ohio State also made the cut, coming in at number seven.
The report notes that Ashley Madison does not verify email addresses and some could’ve been used twice.
Either way, students at Kent find it pretty entertaining and are curious about who these people could be.
"It's pretty shocking. I'm pretty sure it's not college students looking for affairs with married people, but you know it makes you wonder when you look around on campus... who's doing this?" said AJ Alali.
We reached out to Kent State for a comment, and here’s what spokesperson Eric Mansfield had to say:
"We have tens of thousands of living alumni and retired employees who have maintained their university email addresses after they have left the university, and we don`t comment on the personal lives of anyone connected to Kent State. We are focused on the 40,000+ students who are returning to Kent State`s eight campuses for an exciting fall semester."