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Cyber-Crooks Exploiting Ashley Madison Attack for Spreading Malware

Cyber-criminals have been observed cashing in on the latest security breach against Ashley Madison as the miscreants disseminate malware pretending to be the website visitors' A/C information, published trustedreviews.com dated July 31, 2015.

Facilitator of intimate interaction among persons, the website Ashley Madison was lately the target of assault by "The Impact Team" a hackers' cabal that effectively captured all of user database on the website.

The captured details consist of 37m members' addresses, names and ages along with payment card details as well as their sexual fantasies too.

The cabal published certain amount of the stolen information on the Net, stating that the remaining information too would be posted incase Ashley Madison's proprietor Avid Life Media didn't shutdown the website. Still, ALM successfully withdrew the information, while The Impact Team has not even now published any more details.

An investigation by British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) into the incident uncovered spammers fully exploiting the massive enthusiasm about the hack while apparently circulating malware as also disseminating scam pages and phony data.

The BBC after browsing several of the web-pages obtained from clicking the links discovered each and every one as false that could even contaminate end-users' PCs with malware.

Most files had one brief list of electronic mail ids along with passwords which members shared across the Web starting 2011, thus emphatically suggesting they aren't from the repository of the lately-filched information.

Other web-links took onto pages which delivered bogus security software telling users that viruses had infected their systems alternatively there were other problems on their devices. Plentiful pages employed various coding tricks for making users find extremely difficult in shutting those pages as well as the pop-up alerts.

Pastebin website operator Jereon Vader stated his company was wary of the phony Ashley Madison data getting posted in huge volumes onto the site. Techworm.net reported, July 1, 2015.

Vader further stated that spammers would forever attempt at exploiting any trend for obtaining certain exposure for no return, therefore, Ashley Madison hack was unexceptionally the same. It was difficult for the company in eliminating everything, yet it kept on actively hunting to get similar posts.

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