Ashley Madison saga: 150 Government email addresses leaked!
When a group of hackers laid bare up to 10GB of data that they stole from Ashley Madison's database back in July, they said they did so because the site housed millions of fake female profiles and thus lied to and played with millions of real users who paid up for the services. They also added that the hack occurred because despite their warnings, the owners of the website had failed to shut down Ashley Madison.
The leaked data uncovered a significant number of users from UK, including nearly 150 users who used gov.uk accounts to sign up for Ashley Madison's services.
However, not once did the owners of Ashley Madison jerk their knees or bend to the will of the hackers, despite the great damage caused to their reputation.
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"This event is not an act of hacktivism, it is an act of criminality. It is an illegal action against the individual members of AshleyMadison.com, as well as any freethinking people who choose to engage in fully lawful online activities. The criminal, or criminals, involved in this act have appointed themselves as the moral judge, juror, and executioner, seeing fit to impose a personal notion of virtue on all of society.
"We will not sit idly by and allow these thieves to force their personal ideology on citizens around the world. We are continuing to fully co-operate with law enforcement to seek to hold the guilty parties accountable to the strictest measures of the law," they said.
The ploy seems to have worked, for despite hackers and blackmailers continuing to use the leaked data to extort money from active users, the website's total membership has gone up by 4 million in the last five months.
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Graham Cluey, a security researcher, recently received a letter from an Ashley Madison user who claimed to have received a physical letter from a blackmailer. The letter said:"I just received a physical postal letter to my house asking for $4167 USD or exposed my AM account to people close to me. is your advice the same as in your vid about email blackmail? Thank you."
"I understand that it must be very unsettling and worrying, but paying the blackmailers any money is only likely to make them focus on you more. Of course, as the blackmailers have physically sent you something - as opposed to email - that does mean you may have in your hands some useful physical evidence for the police to investigate the perpetrators," Cluey wrote back.