Ashley Madison hack victims receive blackmail letters
December 17, 2015 Dating
Blackmailers are reportedly sending letters to users of the Ashley Madison dating site, threatening to reveal their membership to friends and family unless they pay money.
The dating site for married people was hacked in the summer.
Security expert Graham Cluley blogged he had received “a steady stream of emails” from the site’s users worried about the hack.
Mr Cluley advised anyone receiving such a letter to “ignore it”.
Ashley Madison – which has the tagline ‘Life is short, have an affair’ – was hacked in July, and data belonging to its 33 million members was leaked on to the so-called dark web, meaning it was accessible via encrypted browsers.
A month later, police in Canada reported that two individuals associated with the leak of data had taken their own lives.
It has left many members concerned about how their data could be misused.
One such user wrote the following note to Mr Cluley: “I just received a physical postal letter to my house asking for $4,167 [£2,748] or exposed my AM account to people close to me.” […]