full disclosure time.
Around 2010 I was in the process of going through a divorce and had signed up for an Ashley Madison user account out of curiosity.
I never paid for their service, and never contacted anyone.
I've been getting a bunch of emails from the "Hackers" AKA cyber terrorists trying to extort money from me.
Hey there! If you want to keep your cheating and lies secret from your significant other, your family, your friends and work contacts then pay very close attention to this email. As what we demand is non-negotiable and you might ruin your life if you decide to ignore this email. You must send exactly 1 Bitcoin (BTC) if you pay within 48 hours (approx. value $230USD) TO THE FOLLOWING BTC ADDRESS:
(copy and paste address!!) If you fail to meet the 48 hour deadline, you must send exactly 5 Bitcoin if you pay after 2 days but less then 6 days 23 hours from send time of this email; to the following BTC address:
(copy and paste address!!) On the 7th day if you do not pay the non-negotiable amount your significant other, family and friends along with your employer will receive copies of all the hacked data screenshots, credit card transaction logs which include ip address, billing name and address and messages and profile from the cheating site you used to be unfaithful. If you do not pay within the time frames we have set fourth this data will be in the hands of the people you wanted to keep your cheating secret from. We are aware that you probably don't have (bitcoin) BTC at the moment, so we are giving you this time to get BTC and pay us. **If you need help locating a place to purchase (BTC), use the website called localbitcoins, google it, if you dont know about it. This site makes bitcoin very easy and quick to purchase using multiple methods. On localbitcoins sign up and choose to buy the bitcoin (BTC) with western union or money gram wire , find a seller of your choice (localbitcoins is a "ebay" like site with sellers with many sales and a high rating being trustworthy) pay with cash at western union or money gram when you send the wire to the seller as sellers don't accept payments made by credit card. After you send wire to seller provide the seller with a copy of the receipt and when they verify they with send the bitcoins (have the seller send the bitcoin directly to the bitcoin address we provided you with OR if they send the bitcoins to your localbitcoins wallet on site instead you will have to log into your localbitcoin wallet and send to the bitcoin address we provided you with). It will take less then and hour and a half for us to receive the bitcoins once you wire the money to a seller on localbitcoins, the seller will give you a confirmation of payment through site and we will let you know we received. You will get the information needed to send a western union or money gram wire from sellers page after you choose a seller and it will give you the exact amount to wire to seller. Current price of 1 BTC is about 235 USD, so we are fairly cheap, at the moment. But if you ignore us, we will ruin your life and move on to other targets. IMPORTANT: You don't even have to reply. Just pay the 1 BTC (or 5 if its after 48 hours) to [above mentioned bitcoin address] we will know it's you and you will never hear from us again. If you need to contact us feel free but you do not have to you only need to pay and we will disappear. But if you ignore us, and don't pay within the time frames specified we will make good on are word. If you think about reporting us to authorities, feel free to try. But it will not help. We are not amateurs. The best thing that can happen, they will go publicly about it. We will, again, get some free publicity. But for you, you will be ruined the damage will be done. It's a one-time payment. Pay and you will not hear from us ever again!Example #2
Hey!UPDATE: I had stopped getting these harassing emails back around the middle of November, and they started back up again around the Middle of February.
I would like to tell you that Ashley Madison was recently hacked, and now I have all the information about your online affairs and even the cheatings you did ;) I have located all your social networking and dating website profiles, and using this I am going to send message to all of your friends and family members about this.
Well, for sure, you would feel ashamed if I tell your family members and friends about this, and it would be even more worse, when you meet them face to face. Wondering how to prevent me from doing this? Its simple, you need to send just 1 Bitcoin (i.e One BTC) to the following Bitcoin address:
You may be wondering why should you and what will prevent other people from doing the same, in short you can now delete your social and dating accounts. So go ahead and give it a try. Do you think, you can get away so easily? I have already saved a copy of your profiles, pics, chat logs, and even the contact details of your relatives and friends.
To send a Bitcoin, you can use sites like CoinBase. If I do not receive the Bitcoin in the next 48 hours, I am going to contact all of your friends and relatives and post your profiles, pics, etc all ONLINE. Oh! I didnt tell you, that I know where you live and hangout, did I?
Just think if you are in committed relationship how this will affect your social standing amongst your friends, family members and others. Your countdown is started.
The new message that is being sent is as follows.
MININGER ANASTASIA shared this with you
Unfortunately your data was leaked in the recent hacking of Ashley Madison and I now have your information. I have also used your user profile to find your Facebook page, using this I can now message all of your friends and family members.
If you would like to prevent me from sharing this dirt info with all of your friends and family members (and perhaps even your employers too?) then you need to send 1 Bitcoin(One BTC) to the following BTC address.
You may be wondering why should you and what will prevent other people from doing the same, in short you now know to change your privacy settings in Facebook so no one can view your friends/family list. So go ahead and update that now (I have a copy if you dont pay) to stop any future emails like this.
You can buy bitcoins using online exchanges easily. If the bitcoin is not paid within 3 days then my system will automatically message all of your friends and family members. The bitcoin address is unique to you.
Consider how expensive a divorce lawyer is. If you are no longer in a committed relationship then think about how this will affect your social standing amongst family and friends. What will your friends and family think about you?
This appears to be possibly coming from another "Hacker" or they have just changed bitcoin addresses to avoid being tracked.
Well since responding to them via email is a waste of time since they use fake email account info I wanted to publicly make this response.
You don't scare me. I NEVER contacted anyone, I never paid for an Ashley Madison membership. I have my Facebook account locked down so you can't see my friends, you can't see any of my posts, so you are in fact lying and full of crap.
I got remarried a couple of years ago, and my wife knows about me having had an AM user account.
I will not pay you, so by all means either go ahead with "ruining" my life, or stop wasting your time by trying to harass me.
I apologize for ranting, but I wanted to get this out there.