After the Ashley Madison hacking, some users who’ve had their names leaked in the hacking are already reporting receiving threats of blackmail. As reported by Business Insider, one blackmailer demanded Bitcoin currency from a person whose name was leaked in relation to the Ashley Madison scandal. That Bitcoin translated into about $450 in U.S. dollars.
The reported email received from the blackmailing party gave the Ashley Madison user seven days to pay the $450 or else risk his wife finding out.
“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 2.00000054 bitcoins (approx. Value $450 USD) to the following address…”
Along with the threats of exposure via blackmail, the blackmailer told the Ashley Madison users to think about how expensive a divorce lawyer would be. The blackmail email, from “Team GrayFlay” as they called themselves, also tried to cover all of their blackmailing bases by offering threats to those who may have already divorced or broken up with their significant others prior to the hacking of Ashley Madison.
“If you are already divorced then I suggest you think about how this information may impact any ongoing court proceedings. If you are no longer in a committed relationship then think about how this will affect your social standing amongst family and friends. With this information your significant other would be able to verify with your credit card company that you were indeed involved with Ashley Madison and therefore cheating or looking to cheat.”
The blackmail demand from Team GrayFlay wasn’t isolated. Nor are they the only blackmailers considering how to get what they want from the Ashley Madison hacking. While Team GrayFlay stands to make quite a bit of coin from Bitcoin payers, one Reddit user wonders if he or she can get a married politico to resign — and if that plan equates to blackmail.
“I have verified the active participation of a married politician on Ashley Madison. The evidence against him is explicit, extensive, and incontestable. Now I want to expose this guy. However, I first want to give him a chance to resign, but I want to make sure my plan isn’t blackmail.”
Those who commented on that particular post called it a classic case of textbook blackmail. Others responded that his plan might not be blackmail, based on the state and other conditions, such as whether the threat is worded as blackmail correspondence.
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