Since Ashley Madison, the adult dating site for those in committed relationships continues to make it to the news for all the wrong reasons. The website was hacked in July and compromised personal and intimate information belonging to millions of users.
Ashley Madison was hacked by a group calling itself Impact Team. Impact Team has allegedly demanded Ashley Madison’s parent company, Avid Life Media to take down Ashley Madison and its sister site Established Men unless the company wants the stolen data to go public. Avid Life Media did not give in to these demands, resulting in Impact Team publishing over 25 gigabytes of sensitive information including corporate emails on the internet.
Once Ashley Madison’s user data became public, blackmailers jumped in to make full use of the opportunity. Many people whose information was made public started receiving ransom emails, asking them to pay a certain amount in bitcoin within a stipulated time. Otherwise, they threatened to send the target’s profile information to their spouse or other family members.
CloudMark, a network security firm, recently studied the extent of such blackmailing incidents and it was published in one of their blog posts. Analysts have come