Ashley Madison hack miscreants may have earned $6,400 from leak

John Leyden reports:

Some blackmail attempts against victims of the ongoing Ashley Madison saga resulted in several – albeit modest – pay outs, according to new research.


An unknown group or individuals (probably unrelated to the self-styled Impact Team who pulled off the hack) sent extortion emails demanding Bitcoin for silence.

Toshiro Nishimura, research analyst at spam filtering firm Cloudmark, began investigating whether any payments had actually been made by looking at signs on the Bitcoin blockchain.

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