Cyber-security alert: Phishing email, fake extortion

Cyber-security alert: Phishing email, fake extortion

Reported Issue

Email received that has one or more of the following:

  • SUBJECT:
    • username and password
      • similar to a username or password you use
      • an old username and password that was part of a data breech (LinkedIn, etc.)
  • CONTENTS:
    • claim that someone has hacked your computer and recorded you while watching pornography
    • claim that there is a keylogger installed on your computer
    • demand for BitCoin payment
    • threat to release video to social media if payment isn’t made

Steps to take

This is a social engineering attack designed to trick you into sending money.  DO NOT SEND MONEY

Here are the steps you should take to protect yourself:

  • As a precaution call your IT support and ask them to scan your computer for malware
  • If the password in the email is in use, change that password as soon as possible