KnowBe4 Scam of the Week: Extortion With a New Twist

The bad guys are becoming even more deceptive with extortion scams. Now, they send you an email that appears to be coming from your own email and claim to have infected your computer with a backdoor. A backdoor allows the bad guys to take control of your computer.

Next, they accuse you of watching mature content and claim they recorded you. Here comes the kicker! Unless you pay them bitcoin, they will threaten to use your own computer to send embarrassing content to all of your contacts.

Don’t fall victim to the bad guys! If you receive an email that claims to have compromising video of you viewing sensitive material, do not answer or send money. Instead, delete the email or follow the reporting procedures put in place by your organization.

Stop, Look, and Think. Don’t be fooled.


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The KnowBe4 Security Team