In July 2015, a group of hackers identifying themselves as The Impact Team gained access to the databases of Ashley Madison, stealing the sensitive information, nude photographs, and credit card details of 37 million users.
Nearly five years later, email security company Vade Secure found that several Ashley Madison users had received an email from anonymous senders threatening to share their account details, along with other embarrassing information, to the users’ family and friends. The emails demanded that in exchange for not sharing the details, the users pay the Bitcoin ransom equivalent of about $1,059.
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