For this week's Threat Byte, we bring you “Bombs & Bitcoin - Sextortion Evolution?”
Recently, campaigns have been sent out claiming to have gained access to a victim’s computer and extort the user by claiming to have found pornographic images on the user’s computer as well as having images and video of the victim viewing the content. Unfortunately links in the sextortion emails tended to lead the victim to a ransomware that would lock up their computer, demanding cryptocurrency to unlock the computer.
Having been successful with this approach, threat actors attempted to step up the threat by sending emails that bombs had been placed in buildings, hospitals, schools and places of employment. The threat declared if the police were called or evacuations were attempted, they would detonate the bombs. This tactic didn’t make the threat actors money, but did cause massive confusion and fear. Luckily there were no bombs found, but this latest threat demonstrates that the threat actors are always trying to come up with new and creative ways to separate us from our money.