Hackers Blackmailed Spouses of Ashley Madison Users Added: Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
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Extramarital dating site Ashley Madison was breached half a year ago, but only now the spouses of its users were targeted by blackmail attempts. Once the database of the dating site was made public, its users started receiving anonymous blackmail letters, both electronically and physically, where payment was demanded from the users who didn’t want having their membership of Ashley Madison made public.
The problem is that Ashley Madison did not require identity verification, so lots of accounts there were fake, carrying such names as Tony Blair and Barack Obama. In theory, this state of things could allow blackmail victims plausible deniability. However, in practice many current and former users of Ashley Madison were still worried about their accounts being exposed.
As usual, the victims of blackmail are recommended to not pay up, because they may then be extorted more and more money. However, now the blackmailers started another scam, writing the letters to the spouses of the affected users. The letters say that their spouses turned out to be members of the adultery website and demand payment to keep the information private. The letters also address the Ashley Madison user directly (in case that he intercepted the letter), suggesting him “to make things right”. The hackers demand payment up to a few thousand dollars in cryptocurrency, which would make it close to impossible to trace the hackers using conventional means.
The website was originally hacked 8 months ago by an anonymous attacker. The hackers then published a part of hacked accounts online and demanded that Ashley Madison shut down. The hackers called themselves Impact Team and claimed they were motivated by the presence of a paid-for feature on the service called Full Delete. The matter is that Ashley Madison sold the service for £15, which supposedly allowed its users to completely remove all trace of their actions, but in fact it didn’t.
The hackers pointed out that the option in question didn’t actually erase a significant amount of data from the site servers. This claim was borne out later, when Ashley Madison refused to meet the demands of the hackers and continued its operation. As a result, the attackers released the full database of 33 million user records. The dating website tried to take advantage of the copyright law to remove the database from the worldwide web, but it was too late.
Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
|posted by (2016-03-09 00:16:58)|
|I'm Impressed with the Hackers. And Hackers are good at finding Loop Holes|
|But of course. I would target them for potential scamming and blackmailing because the lady is trying to grab a secret consensual date while being already hooked up to a man. What is the lady going to do with an affair and there is blackmail on it. They would probably keep their mouths shut because it would expose them to the truth of their dating habits.|
|posted by (2016-03-09 05:17:09)|
|These hackers need to be pushed off a cliff.||
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