John R. could not help but get startled by his message’s subject line that declared: “YOU GOT BUSTED” the moment he opened up his Yahoo mail. The mid-aged man who works in science field and did not want all his names published for professional and personal reasons, clicked the bait and got this message, “Unfortunately your data got leaked in a recent hacking of A. Madison and I now have all your information.” The hacker continued saying of how he found his Facebook page using his user profile, and he would now start reading up his messages.
The poorly spelled message later went on to demand an approximately $500 which were to be paid in 3 days. Failure to meet the demands, the hacker threatened of exposing John’s Ashley Madison membership to his friends and family.
Such kind of mails have popped up in inboxes of over 37 million users of Ashley Madison whose privacy got breached following a high-profile hack. The Ashley Madison is infamous for offering unfaithful spouses a space to get illicit trysts. Software security expert, Johannes Ullrich believes they are much unlikely to be a part of the hacking group that shook Ashley Madison.
John deleted his Madison account after deciding to make up things with his wife. When hackers threatened the reconciliation progress, Status Labs reassured him by advising him not to make any kind of transaction and to make his Facebook’s list of friends private. The President of Status Labs online reputation firm added that switching the privacy setting is very simple, but it is prudent to keep in mind that these crooks, like spammers and scammers, are playing number games and if they receive payment from one or two people, then it would be a big payday to them.
Status Labs is a reputation management organization that operates online. It enables clients to engage audiences effectively with content that is compelling to drive up participation and sales. The firm offers some of the most creative solutions that are tailored to meet unique needs of any client.
Status Labs have their headquarters in Sao Paulo and New York. Its image management has more than 1500 customers in over 35 countries.