Ashely Madison Cyber Extortion
Are you about to be blackmailed?
The day that you hoped wouldn’t come has arrived. The user database from the Ashley Madison hack has been released by the hacker group Impact Team that obtained the user data from www.ashleymadison.com – a website specializing in facilitating affairs for married people. To read more about the initial network intrusion, see our first article on the topic here.
The group responsible for the hack of the AshleyMadison and EstablishedMen websites has followed through on its promise to publish the user database unless the websites were taken down by their parent company Avid Life Media. Below is a screenshot of the posting by the hacker group announcing the “data dump.”
In a nearly immediate and unsurprising move, media outlets themselves have begun searching the data dump looking for persons of interest. One of the first to be singled out is Josh Duggar (the family values activist under fire) in multiple articles published in the media. Although Josh Duggar provides an initial sensational splash for the media, it’s likely that many more individuals will confront a similar fate both publicly and privately. Before you surf over to one of the websites offering to check if your information is contained in the user database, you may want to ask yourself – what business are these websites in? Gathering a list of people who are vulnerable to blackmail and cyber extortion? As the post from the Impact Team says, “Time’s UP!” You might want to call some experts in cyber-extortion and blackmail…