Ransomware er ikke den eneste online afpresning, at et offer kan sættes gennem. FBI har Crime Complaint Center (IC3) har netop udgivet en offentlig advarsel om en forhøjelse post-brud afpresning forsøg. The attacks are aimed at US citizens whose personal details ended up exposed during the recent mega data breaches. Crooks are demanding 2-5 Bitcoins in exchange for their “silence”.
According to the Federal Bureau, cyber criminals are now using the leaked personal data against its owners, and are sending them aggressive emails.
Post-Misligholdelse Afpresning: 2-5 Bitcoins, Or We Will Release Your PII
The amount of money demanded by cyber blackmailers is more than what a regular ransomware asks. 2-5 Bitcoins is somewhere between $500 og $2,500 and is a considerable amount of money. Besides releasing leaked user data, crooks are also making threats to let out intimidating information and share it on social media channels.
Recent Data Breaches at Fault for Extortion, but Who Else?
All of these recent data incidents (LinkedIn, Mit rum, tumblr, Fling) took place several years ago, men deres konsekvenser er kun lige begyndt at afsløre i dag. Endvidere, berørte parter systematisk undlader at advare deres brugere eller tage sagen i deres hænder så hurtigt som muligt. Both governments and security vendors should do their best to forecast all possible outcomes of data breaches. Legal entities should also provide assistance in the fight against cybercrime and its ever-changing models of extorting money and resources.
Besides the public and social media services that are now registered on the mega breach department, voter databases belonging to citizens from the US, Mexico, Tyrkiet, and the Philippines have also been dumped online, Softpedia påpeger. This is not the first time online post-breach extortion of the sort takes place. Last year’s Ashley Madison’s hack also led to similar blackmail events.
Here are examples of extortion emails provided by FBI:
If you think this amount is too high, consider how expensive a divorce lawyer is. If you are already divorced then I suggest you think about how this information may impact any ongoing court proceedings. If you are no longer in a committed relationship then think about how this information may affect your social standing amongst family and friends.
Unfortunately your data was leaked in a recent corporate hack and I now have your information. I have also used your user profile to find your social media accounts. Using this I can now message all of your friends and family members.
We have some bad news and good news for you. Første, the bad news, we have prepared a letter to be mailed to the following address that details all of your activities including your profile information, your login activity, and credit card transactions. Now for the good news, You can easily stop this letter from being mailed by sending 2 Bitcoins til følgende adresse.