Published on September 4th, 2015 | by bitcoin0
Profits go hand in hand with AshLey Madison Bitcoin Blackmail
How much have Ashley Madison customers been blackmailed for since their personal data was leaked last month?
CoinDesk reported last month that customers Ashley Madison, a website that advertised itself as a platform for infidelity, were receiving blackmail threats by email that contained personal information derived from the cache of released information.
Nishimura said the team tracked bitcoin payments around the time the blackmail threats emerged using blockchain analysis.
The process looked for payments with bitcoin amounts consistent with the demands they reviewed – for 1.05 BTC – and showed little transaction history prior to the period.
“Since this search would not have been possible without the consistent extortion amount, we suspect that future attempts at Bitcoin-based blackmail will randomize the amount they demand,” he wrote.