Ashley Madison Users Increasingly Being Targeted by Spammers
New data shows that email addresses pilfered when the Ashley Madison site was breached are showing up in spam campaigns.When adult infidelity site Ashley Madison was breached back in July, as many as 37 million users were exposed to risk. Four months later, Ashley Madison members are still feeling the impact of the breach, as an increased volume of spam is targeting them. According to email security firm MailChannels, the volume of spam and phishing emails being sent to email addresses stored in the Ashley Madison database is significantly higher than spam volumes sent to a random sample of addresses. MailChannels, which has a cloud email delivery service, analyzed its email logs for billions of messages to make the comparison between spam volume sent to a control group of randomly selected email addresses and spam volume sent to Ashley Madison users. Since the breach occurred, MailChannels analysis shows that email addresses from the Ashley Madison database tend to get double the volume of spam emails that the control group receives. The spam being sent to Ashley Madison users' email addresses isn't entirely random and untargeted either. MailChannels found that spammers are customizing the subject lines to make the topics more pertinent to the Ashley Madison users. Email subject lines include removal services to help users get their personal information removed from online sites.
While Ashley Madison users are getting targeted messages, they are also still getting much of the same untargeted spam that the MailChannels control group of email addresses is receiving.