Greater Sudbury Police are advising the public about a new email scam targeting people whose names and email addresses were revealed in the AshleyMadison.com data breach in August 2015.
Police said the scam involves an email in which the sender claims to have personal data retrieved from leaked information through the website ashleymadison.com.
The sender threatens to reveal the target’s attempts at infidelity to friends, family and employers via Facebook unless a Bitcoin is transferred to an attached Bitcoin address.
A Bitcoin is a digital currency worth around $621 at the time of writing.
In July 2015, a group that called itself The Impact Team stole user data from Ashley Madison, a website that facilitates extramarital affairs.
In August 2015, the group leaked more than 25 gigabytes of Ashley Madison's data, including user details.
The Canadian Anti-Fraud Centre provides crime prevention information and the opportunity for victims to report online scams. Their website is: www.antifraudcentre.ca