Ashley Madison Breach Spawns Malicious Spammers

It didnEUt take long for spammers to tap into the fear associated with the Ashley Madison breach -- a breach some security researchers argue could have been prevented. AppRiver, an e-mail and Web security firm, is reporting spammers are leveraging the data leak for nefarious purposes.

Indeed, the ripple effect from the Ashley Madison hack, which leaked the names of 37 million customers, continues rippling even beyond those who were cheating on their spouses. Ashley Madison describes itself as EUan online personals and dating destination for casual encounters, married dating, discreet encounter and extramarital affairs.EU

Ashley Madison was first hacked in July but the hackers have now made the private information of the site's users public. High-level federal employees used work Internet systems to join Ashley Madison and blackmail campaigns are reportedly underway. Spammers are taking advantage of the curiosity of the masses.

More Attacks Coming

We caught up with Troy Gill, manager of security research at AppRiver, to get his thoughts on the spam issue. He told us cybercriminals are opportunists in every sense of the word -- so itEUs no surprise to see that they are beginning to exploit the Ashley Madison breach for profit.

EUWe have already seen spam that attempts to capitalize on the event by drawing in both curious onlookers and anyone actually connected just the same,EU he said. EUAnd, I expect to see a larger variety of attacks centered around this event going forward, with even more sinister intent.EU

Gill explained that malware posing as the Ashley Madison data is already being posted on the Internet. He said he expects to see more of this going forward, with the addition of fake malicious attachments in e-mails posing as the Ashley Madison data as well.

On a side note, users with e-mails listed in the breach itself should beware...

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