Bitcoin Blackmail Scam via Emails

  • CERT Admin
  • Wed Apr 15 2020
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Threat Level 

High 

Overview 

A new blackmail scam is actively spreading around the web via emails, the main reason behind this is to extort money from the targeted users in the form of Bitcoin payments.

Description 

Sri Lanka CERT received several cases regarding the blackmail email scam. The blackmail email scam is a message from an unknown sender that claims to have compromised the targeted users' computer and have accessed to their passwords and contacts. It also claims that the attacker/sender contains other sensitive or embarrassing content of the targeted user which were taken from the compromised computer.
 
This message is followed by a ransom demand where the targeted user must make the requested payment in bitcoins, and in exchange the attacker/sender promises to delete victim's information. Please note that these type of emails are circulated to frighten the user into sending money.

Impact 

   ✻  Might be vulnerable for similar attacks if responded
   ✻  Financial loss 

Solution/ Workarounds 

   ✻  Refrain from replying to the emails that look untrusted.
   ✻  You should not pay the above mentioned ransom as it is a trick from the attacker to get money from you.
   ✻  Regularly change your passwords and enable two factor authentication for added security.
   ✻  Ensure your computer has no malware by running Anti-virus scans regularly and keeping it up-to-date. 

References 

 ✻  https://howtoremove.guide/bitcoin-blackmail-email-scam/ 

Disclaimer 

The information provided herein is on "as is" basis, without warranty of any kind. 

Last updated: Wed Apr 15 2020

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