If Tom complied and bowed to the blackmail, his account information would apparently be removed and would not be available on a "publicly searchable website" the attackers allegedly are going to launch in the coming weeks. When asked, Tom said the issue wasn't black and white, commenting:"Yes, in that I was concerned of blackmail attempts immediately after confirming the data breach.No, in that when I saw the email I recognized it was an attempt to see who was REALLY worried about getting caught.I'm still thinking about this and what to do if a letter did come."Tom has not paid up, and it remains to be seen what the consequences of not capitulating to this blackmail will be.After all, he was simply "a guy who got caught up in all this."Tom started using Ashley Madison in 2009, and although he doesn't remember how he stumbled upon the website, he suspects it was a matter of random surfing.As a result, he says he became calmer at home, the sexual frustration evaporated, and his wife was no longer feeling pressured for intimacy.
-- the site was also, undoubtedly, used by those having affairs behind their partners' backs.
The letter details all of your activities on Ashley Madison, including your profile information, your login history, and credit card transactions."The email then went on to include records of Tom's Ashley Madison subscription, dates, and money spent.
The group demanded that Tom send two Bitcoins in the next 96 hours -- worth roughly 0 at the time of writing -- to a dedicated Bitcoin address to stop the letter being sent.
If someone did pay, you're just broadcasting to the blackmailer you've really got something to lose!
In all fairness, I will be watching & checking my home mail more regularly; granted 2 BTC is [hundreds of dollars] and the price of sending a letter is nothing by comparison.