[KB4 BlOG] Sextortion Phishing Campaign Uses Recipient's Hacked Passwords

extorsion
blackmail

(Howard) #1

Blackmail and Extorsion are not new. They’ve been used for years by con artists, criminal organizations, and even spy organizations as an effective way to coerce money or obtain valuable information. Here we see a phishing example.

Krebs on Security has posted a new item: "Here’s a clever new twist on an old email scam that could serve to make the con far more believable. The message purports to have been sent from a hacker who’s compromised your computer and used your webcam to record a video of you while you were watching porn. The missive threatens to release the video to all your contacts unless you pay a Bitcoin ransom.