Email sextortion scam, claiming victim’s paedophilia links, hits Irish mailboxes

ESET Ireland warning about scammers claiming they’ll release videos of victims watching illegal pornography unless paid 5000 GBP in Bitcoin. ESET Ireland has registered several related emails being sent to Irish mailboxes, threatening recipients with releasing videos of them watching illegal pornography online, unless they immediately pay the blackmailers 5000 GBP (5,611 EUR) in Bitcoin. The … More Email sextortion scam, claiming victim’s paedophilia links, hits Irish mailboxes

Ransomware wave hits 23 towns in Texas

The attack, which has victimized mostly smaller local governments, is thought to have been unleashed by a single threat actor. As many as 23 government organizations across Texas are reeling from an apparently “coordinated ransomware attack”, an alert by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) reveals. The incident occurred last Friday and for the most part … More Ransomware wave hits 23 towns in Texas

ESET records a wave of multi-lingual e-mail based (s)extortion scams scaring victims into payment

ESET continues to warn users of fraudulent e-mail messages that seek to extort money, especially from people watching online pornographic videos. The attacker in the email claims they have hacked the intended victim’s device and has recorded the person while watching pornographic content. The email also asserts that the video has not only captured the … More ESET records a wave of multi-lingual e-mail based (s)extortion scams scaring victims into payment

A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyberblackmail/sextortion again raises its not-so-pretty little head. For more than 30 years, I’ve had the privilege of assisting people get rid of viruses and other malicious software.  In the course of doing so, I’ve often been asked questions about computer security-related topics that are not product-specific.  Some are simple or easily answered; some are complex … More A closer look at “sextortion” scams

Cyber-extortionists take aim at lucrative targets

A new report shines some light on multiple aspects of the growing threat of cyber-extortion. Criminals are trying to tempt people with promises of six-figure annual rewards in return for help with cyber-extortion campaigns that target high-net-worth individuals, research by the threat intelligence firm Digital Shadows shows. The prospective victims, such as corporate executives, lawyers and doctors, … More Cyber-extortionists take aim at lucrative targets

Europol and partners dismantle prolific cyber-extortion gang

The arrest of a 25-year-old French man in Thailand apparently seals the fate of Rex Mundi, a hack-and-extort collective that operated since at least 2012. Europol has announced the arrests over the past year of eight French nationals who are suspected of being involved in a long-running hacking ring called Rex Mundi. The latest in a string … More Europol and partners dismantle prolific cyber-extortion gang