Sunday, August 23, 2015

All of the so-called "Vatican" Ashley Madison clients are Virginians or Canadians with fat fingers

In the week or so since the Ashley Madison hack data dump, there have been many news stories that have reported its contents uncritically, by journalists who have obviously never seen the data.

One of the characterizations of the data that has been bandied about is the fact that there were numerous e-mail addresses from the Vatican; and indeed, there were 3 from vatican.com and 219 with the .va suffix (as a nation, the Vatican gets its own two-letter top level domain).

However, even a casual perusal of these latter addresses reveals that something isn't right. Does the Vatican have schools named after cities in Virginia or ISPs with the same names as those in Canada?

The answer is simple: There are plenty of addresses in Virginia that end in .va.us or .va.gov, and the people who signed up left off the end (Ashley Madison never verified e-mails, so people didn't have to use a real one). And then because C and V are next to each other on the keyboard, some fat-fingered Canadians (a demofraphic to whuch I belomg) simply hit the wrong key.

I went through all 219 .va addresses someone kindly posted to Pastebin, and checked (with Google) to see if there were .va.us, .va.gov or .ca equivalents (there were also fat-fingered, forgetful Californians who typed .va instead of .ca.gov), and I've arranged the results here. There was only one e-mail address that did not have an equivalent (vatican.va), but that domain does not seem to exist (they use vatican.com instead). There were also 55 that I couldn't link elsewhere, but that still did not appear to belong to the Vatican.

So here's a lovely pie chart of the results (my peers hate pie charts, and I recognize their weaknesses, but they have the admirable advantage that everyone understands what they're looking at) as well as a list of the 219 .va domains (I stripped the front part before the @ for privacy's sake) reported from the Ashley Madison hack along with my categorizations, among which of course may be errors, I'm sadly human.

Disclaimer: I was brought up Catholic, but I totally rebelled, so I don't have a vested interest in protecting the Vatican from scandal, quite the opposite. I just believe in accurate reporting.



The domains:

Domain                   Origin
======================== ========
abingdonus.va            Virginia
acps.k12.va              Virginia
alexandria.lib.va        Virginia
alleghany.k12.va         Virginia
alum.va                  Virginia
apsva.va                 Virginia
augusta.k12.va           Virginia
campbell.k12.va          Virginia
ccpsd.k12.va             Virginia
ci.grottoes.va           Virginia
ci.manassas.us.va        Virginia
ci.richmond.va           Virginia
ci.staunton.us.va        Virginia
ci.va                    Virginia
city.suffolk.va          Virginia
city.va                  Virginia
co.arlington.va          Virginia
co.campbell.va           Virginia
co.frederick.va          Virginia
co.henry.va              Virginia
co.roanoke.va            Virginia
cohenrico.va             Virginia
cvgs.k12.va              Virginia
edu.va                   Virginia
edu.va                   Virginia
edu.va                   Virginia
edu.va                   Virginia
edu.va                   Virginia
floyd.k12.va             Virginia
gmail.k12.va             Virginia
henrico.k12.va           Virginia
henrico.k12.va           Virginia
henrico.k12.va           Virginia
hopewell.k12.va          Virginia
lcs.k12.va               Virginia
lcs.k12.va               Virginia
meck.k12.va              Virginia
med.va                   Virginia
med.va                   Virginia
med.va                   Virginia
nn.k12.va                Virginia
nn.k12.va                Virginia
nn.k12.va                Virginia
nn.k12.va                Virginia
nn.k12.va                Virginia
nn.k12.va                Virginia
nps.k12.va               Virginia
nps.k12.va               Virginia
nps.k12.va               Virginia
patrick.k12.va           Virginia
powhatan.k12.va          Virginia
powhatan.k12.va          Virginia
pps.k12.va               Virginia
pps.k12.va               Virginia
rcs.k12.va               Virginia
richmond.k12.va          Virginia
richmond.k12.va          Virginia
richmond.k12.va          Virginia
russell.k12.va           Virginia
sootsylvania.k12.va      Virginia
student.hampton.k12.va   Virginia
student.hampton.k12.va   Virginia
waynesbror.k12.va        Virginia
wcs.k12.va               Virginia
wcs.k12.va               Virginia
wcs.k12.va               Virginia
wcs.k12.va               Virginia
lva.lib.va               Virginia
racsb.state.va           Virginia
rrj.state.va             Virginia
spotsyvania.va           Virginia
tax.state.va             Virginia
va.med.va                Virginia
vadoc.va                 Virginia
vava.va                  Virginia
vba.va                   Virginia
vba.va                   Virginia
albertahealthservices.ca Canada
alpha.va                 Canada
alumni.va                Canada
cgocable.va              Canada
dildo.va                 Canada
dre.va                   Canada
hot.va                   Canada
hotmail.va               Canada
hotmail.va               Canada
hotmail.va               Canada
hotmail.va               Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
live.va                  Canada
luve.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail.va                  Canada
mail3.va                 Canada
mail3.va                 Canada
mail5.va                 Canada
ham.va                   Canada
mx4.va                   Canada
nao.va                   Canada
pp.va                    Canada
rainyday.va              Canada
sales.va                 Canada
shaw.va                  Canada
shaw.va                  Canada
skola.va                 Canada
skola.va                 Canada
sympatico.va             Canada
videotron.va             Canada
videotron.va             Canada
videotron.va             Canada
wer.va                   Canada
yahoo.com.va             Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
yahoo.va                 Canada
bulk.va                  Unknown
gmail.com.www.va         Unknown
m01.va                   Unknown
m01.va                   Unknown
m01.va                   Unknown
mobileemail.va           Unknown
mobileemail.va           Unknown
mobileemail.va           Unknown
mobileemail.va           Unknown
mobileemail.va           Unknown
mobileemail.va           Unknown
nfksfbfn.va              Unknown
owen.va                  Unknown
owen.va                  Unknown
owen.va                  Unknown
owen.va                  Unknown
owen.va                  Unknown
owen2001.va              Unknown
sryrshrshrs.va           Unknown
student.va               Unknown
student.va               Unknown
student.va               Unknown
student.va               Unknown
student.va               Unknown
student.va               Unknown
student.va               Unknown
student.va               Unknown
utb.va                   Unknown
utb.va                   Unknown
v001.va                  Unknown
v001.va                  Unknown
v002.va                  Unknown
v002.va                  Unknown
v003.va                  Unknown
v005.va                  Unknown
v005.va                  Unknown
v006.va                  Unknown
v006.va                  Unknown
v006.va                  Unknown
v006.va                  Unknown
v101.va                  Unknown
v101.va                  Unknown
v103.va                  Unknown
1999yahoo.com.va         Unknown
a.va                     Unknown
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
atlas.va                 California
thevatican.va            Fake

3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for this! It is always important to seek the truth. Thank you for making it so easy for us!

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  2. Great reporting. BTW, time to put aside youthful rebellion and revisit your Faith. Yes, I am one of those annoying converts. 😎

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  3. Great reporting. BTW, time to put aside youthful rebellion and revisit your Faith. Yes, I am one of those annoying converts. 😎

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