Criminals keep using the dark web sextortion scam because some people motivated by fear pay the ransom. Don’t be one of those people.
HOBOKEN, N.J. (PRWEB) October 11, 2018
A NYC area IT consultant and MSP shares details of a current email “sextortion” scam based on stolen passwords obtained from the dark web—in a new article on the eMazzanti Technologies website. Furthermore, the article includes recommendations for dealing with such email threats.
To expose the threat, the informative article describes the logic and potential wording of the sextortion emails. In short, it advises readers to ignore them because their claims are false. Finally, the company urges security vigilance and offers dark web ID protection services.
“The dark web sextortion scam has been operating for some time,” stated Almi Dumi, CISO, eMazzanti Technologies. “Criminals keep using it because some people motivated by fear pay the ransom. Don’t be one of those people. It’s not a bona fide threat.”
Below are a few excerpts from the article, “Don’t Fall for Dark Web Sextortion Scam”
“A wave of fraudulent emails containing real user data obtained from the dark web is hitting computers around the world. The emails include a variant of an old online phishing scam termed ‘sextortion’. This dark web sextortion scam leverages digital-age fears to blackmail recipients and targets computer users in large numbers.”
Oh no! They have my password!
“This time, the scam employs a new wrinkle to make the fraud more believable. The emails received reference real passwords, likely obtained from the dark web. Passwords stolen in numerous recent large-scale security breaches often find their way to the dark web, where they are sold to scammers.”
“To sound authentic, the dark web sextortion scam email message may begin like this: ‘I’m aware that [a password previously used on your computer] is your password.’ This is probably a real password that you used sometime in the past. The scam works because a small percentage of those who read the email panic and pay the ransom.”
Increase Security Awareness
Currently, eMazzanti Technologies helps customers deal with dark web sextortion scams and numerous evolving cyber-security threats. Hence, the company offers professional services related to dark web identity protection. In addition to performing a thorough dark web search and domain monitoring, the company goes a step further and helps with remediation and improving its clients’ security posture.
Security awareness in business is very important. Thus, management must ensure staff is trained to recognize and avoid these threats. Companies that have invested in multi-layer email security and comprehensive network security are further ahead in protecting vital corporate assets and customer data.
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