extortion

Extortion emails a go-go

Recent months seem to have seen a rise in extortion emails, designed to scare users into handing over their money.
Graham Cluley
1 min read

Another wave of sextortion emails

During the last few months, many of us will have received emails that try to extract a ransom via an anonymous cryptocurrency. But as email...
Graham Cluley
3 min read

Sex extortion emails now quoting part of their victim’s phone number

Some computer users are reporting that they have received a new type of extortion email in their inbox, which - in an attempt to...
Graham Cluley
3 min read

Rex Mundi hacking extortion gang busted by Europol

There's so much bad news about computer security that we sometimes forget to applaud when something good happens. Let's change that right now.
Graham Cluley
1 min read

1 in 50 publicly readable Amazon buckets are also writable – and that’s a data disaster waiting to happen

Don't dilly-dally. If you haven’t already properly secured the Amazon Web Services S3 servers (known as “buckets”) storing your sensitive data in the cloud...
Graham Cluley
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Shipping giant refuses to pay hackers ransom after data stolen

Clarksons, the global shipping firm, has turned the tables on criminal hackers who attempted to extort a ransom payment after stealing confidential information from...
Graham Cluley
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HBO offered its hackers $250,000 after attack, leaked email claims

The fallout from the HBO hack, which has already seen episodes of “Games of Thrones” scripts and episodes leaked online, the distribution of stars’...
Graham Cluley
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Europol campaign fights the online sexual extortion of children

A Europe-wide campaign warns young people about online sexual coercion and extortion.
Graham Cluley
2 min read

No, I won’t help you blackmail the company you just hacked

Thanks for the offer, but I'd rather not be an accessory to online blackmail. Check out my latest video to learn more.
Graham Cluley
1 min read

Hackers threaten to leak bank customers’ account info unless they pay up

Extortionists are threatening to publish the account information of a hacked banks' customers unless they hand over cash. David Bisson reports.
David Bisson
1 min read

TheDarkOverlord holds investment bank to ransom, or else hacked files will be released

No-one knows who TheDarkOverlord is. No-one even knows if he or she is one lone hacker, or a group of hackers. But...
Graham Cluley
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Now it’s Ashley Madison wives who are receiving blackmail letters

Extortionists are sending blackmail letters via the post to the *wives* of Ashley Madison members. Find out more, see what the letters say, and learn...
Graham Cluley
5 min read

Patreon users – post-hack don’t let extortionists scare you into paying a ransom

Don't pay online extortionists a penny. Hit the delete button instead.
Graham Cluley
1 min read

ProtonMail says it won’t ever again pay ransom to DDoS blackmailers

ProtonMail has changed its tune, and admits it made a mistake by paying DDoS blackmailers.
Graham Cluley
2 min read

Nokia paid millions to internet blackmailers who stole smartphone source code

If your business fell victim to cyber-blackmailers, would it pay up or take a stand? Read my latest article on the F-Secure BSB blog.
Graham Cluley
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Cyber-blackmail. British kids forced to perform slave-like sex acts live on webcam

Children are self-harming or taking their own lives, after falling victim to webcam blackmailers. It's one of the most disturbing things you'll hear about on...
Graham Cluley
3 min read