“These hackers don’t know how to monetize the rest of the data, so they steal things that they can monetize,” Holden said.
Usernames and passwords are useful for spammers. The email addresses can also be used by miscreants to blackmail members of dating sites, Holden said.
Various reports stemming from the Ashley Madison leak have indicated some users have been targeted by extortion attempts over email.
Other times, hackers used this kind of data to threaten websites with distributed denial-of-service attacks, which can knock a website offline, in order to extract a ransom.
It doesn’t appear these hackers have the same agenda as the Impact Team, Holden said. Impact Team appeared to have a very personal agenda, frequently mentioning Avid Life Media’s former CEO, Noel Biderman, who left the company on Friday.
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