Users of AshleyMadison.com, the social network for those looking to cheat on their partners, became an easy target for blackmailers after the site was hacked and its database leaked.

The data of 37 million users of AshleyMadison.com was stolen this July by a group of hackers calling themselves ‘The Impact Team’. It included user databases, financial records and other proprietary information. 30 days later the database was posted online revealing names, addresses, phone numbers, credit card data and transaction information of cheaters. 

Now various blackmailers and extortionists seek to take advantage of the leaked information. Some AshleyMadison users received emails threatening to reveal the evidences of their adultery to their significant others unless a designated sum in bitcoins is paid to a certain address.

According to Brian Krebs, a former Washington Post reporter and security expert, some of these emails were blocked by service providers never reaching their targets. One of them reads:

“Hello, 

Unfortunately, your data was leaked in the recent hacking of Ashley Madison and I now have your information. If you would like to prevent me from finding and sharing this information with your significant other send exactly 1.0000001 Bitcoins (approx. value $225 USD) to the following address: 1B8eH7HR87vbVbMzX4gk9nYyus3KnXs4Ez.

Sending the wrong amount means I won’t know it’s you who paid. You have 7 days from receipt of this email to send the BTC. If you need help locating a place to purchase BTC, you can start here…..”

Apparently the blackmailer did not quite succeed because he received only 0.0035 BTC on 24 August.

One of the victims told Krebs on condition of anonymity that he was “loosely concerned” about future attacks but not this one. The two-timing father of several children said:

“If I put myself in [the extortionist’s] shoes, the likelihood of them disclosing stuff doesn’t increase their chance of getting money. I just not going to respond.”

At the same time he believes his life and marriage may be “incredibly disrupted” by a more targeted attack if blackmailers figure out who he is using his billing address.

As CoinFox reported recently, a group of Bitcoin extortionists from Kharkov, Ukraine demanded $60,000 in bitcoin digital currency from the owners of aqua park and trade centre in Saint Petersburg, Russia to prevent "the bomb attack".

 

Nadezda Krasnushkina