Experts analyse extortion email origins

Danielle Correa, Production Editor

After some blackmail attempts were made on victims of the Ashley Madison story, security experts at Cloudmark tried to follow the extortion emails and analyse how many folks are caving in to the extortionist’s demands and paying in Bitcoin to avoid the disclosure of their information.

Toshiro Nishimura, research analyst at Cloudmark, and fellow colleagues began their investigation by noting that the addresses in their samples were all dissimilar, having had no prior activity on the Bitcoin blockchain that they could trace. They realised that all the emails persistently demanded “exactly 1.05” BTC from their victims.

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