Security Alert: possible blackmail attempts

The recent hack of Ashley Madison and subsequent release of the stolen information has lead to an increased risk of blackmail for anyone whose information may be involved.

Please note that the presence of an email address or additional information does not necessarily indicate that a certain individual actually used the Ashley Madison website, merely that someone created an account with their information on the site. Ashley Madison did not verify the email addresses and user information submitted, so it is possible that information appears in the breach for individuals who were not actually users of the website.

Not sure if your information is included? If your Davenport address was included you have already received a notification from the Information Security Team. If you want to find out if your personal address is included you can do so by searching for your email address and registering for notifications here: https://haveibeenpwned.com/. If any results are shown they will be listed as to which data breach they are from, if Ashley Madison is listed then it is suggested you take the following actions:

  1. Change passwords on any websites or other services that may have re-used the password from ashleymadison.com.
  2. Monitor your payment card for fraudulent charges and alert your financial institutions should any fraudulent activity be observed.
  3. Be aware of the potential for blackmail attempts and alert appropriate law enforcement if any are received.

 

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