Unlike the tagline “Life is Short. Have an Affair”, the Ashley Madison affair has been a messy one. The online dating service and social network for committed adults were targeted by hackers last year. The hackers stole user information and threatened to publish unless the company Avid Life Media shut down its platforms, Ashley Madison and Established Men.
Avid Life Media ignored the demands, leading to the hackers publishing the information and personal details of the users online. Among the leaked files were internal email communications as well. The huge data dump by hackers resulted in another serious problem. Criminals decided to make use of this ill-gotten data for their own benefit. People whose information was leaked online found themselves at the receiving end of blackmail threats. Many Ashely Madison users were contacted by blackmailers threatening to inform their spouses and employers about the details uploaded on the platform in confidence.
The hackers had demanded ransom in bitcoin from the victims in order to prevent the information from reaching their families, loved ones or employers. With time, these threats faded only to resurface again in the recent days. This time, it is not the user who is being targeted by the