Extortion Phishing – Shame and an Email Scam

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October 12, 2018

Extortion Phishing – Shame and an Email Scam

Have you gotten one?

An email that seems real..after all, it looks like it came from your own account, and it contains a password you’ve used before.

Even though the sight may freak you out, don’t worry. It’s Extortion Phishing, and its the latest way scammers are trying to get your money.

It’s on the rise, and thousands of people a day are receiving similar emails.

Attackers usually follow a similar format. They’ll send an email to a victim, suggesting the victim’s information has been hacked, or adult/private content has been recorded.  The criminals behind the attack demands a ransom or else threatens to circulate the sensitive info to the victim’s contacts (family, friends, colleagues etc).

Thousands of people receving these attacks, in a attempt to get them to pay. Say if even %5 of them fall for it – at around $800 per victim, it adds up quickly with very little effort on the hacker’s part.

 

So – what can you do?

First – If the email contains a link, do NOT click on it.

Second – Change all your passwords. Make sure that you’re using a strong, secure password, that is NOT easy to crack. You can also consider implementing Two-Factor Authentication for added security.

Third – If you have a network monitoring system in place, confirm with that no additional information has been compromised. For Grade A’s clients, our Network Operations Center uses an Email Security Gateway Appliance that monitors for threats 24/7. If you’re still unsure, check with our Service Desk.

Finally – Delete the email. It’s fake, and it’s of no use keeping it around.

As always, make sure you’re protecting yourself and your data.

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