03 Feb 2020

Ashley Madison Hack Returns To ‘Haunt’ Its Victims: 32 Million Users Now Watch And Wait

As sextortion campaigns continue to rise in popularity, the victims of a previous breach on the site Ashley Madison are at risk again. The users’ personal information was exposed as a result of the 2015 attack, which resulted in the leak of 32 million records. The world’s leading extramarital affair

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17 Oct 2019

Malware Uses Your PC to Send 30K Sextortion Emails Per Hour

A new report by Check Point warns that the Phorpiex botnet (aka Trik), which has been active for close to a decade, is now being used to distribute sextortion emails claiming that the sender has obtained embarrassing information about the recipient, such as a video recorded by their webcam while

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06 Aug 2019

Warning As Sextortion Attack Targets 200M Email Accounts: Are You On The List?

Cybersecurity firm Cofense has released a database containing over 200 million email addresses that are currently “being targeted by a large sextortion scam.” As part of these scams, criminals demand that victims pay them so that they will not release embarrassing information about the recipient, such as a video recorded

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31 Jul 2019

Sextortion Email Scams Rise Sharply

A new Symantec reports highlights the rise of sextortion emails, which claim that the sender has obtained embarrassing information about the recipient, such as a video recorded by their webcam while they were browsing adult websites. The victim is told to pay the sender a certain sum in a given

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05 Jul 2019

FBI Releases Warning on Sextortion Scams Targeting Teenagers

Cyber scammers are increasingly targeting teenagers in sextortion campaigns, the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned earlier this week. The agency is urging people not to send explicit pictures to strangers and not to be afraid “to ask for help” if they fall victim to a sextortion scam. The

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21 Mar 2019

Latest tactics used by cybercriminals to bypass traditional email security

New research by Barracuda sheds light on the evolving strategies used by cybercriminals in email-based spear-phishing attacks. The report distinguishes between three types of spear phishing: brand impersonation attacks, business email compromise (BEC) and extortion. Brand impersonation is the most popular strategy by far, accounting for 83% of attacks. Extortion

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