Extortion scams are back and they are getting more and more dangerous. This time, the bad guys are sending out emails, claiming they have a video of you watching an inappropriate website and then prompting you to download that video and see it for yourself.
But if you do, your computer gets infected with ransomware!
Here are some things you can do to avoid becoming a victim of extortion:
- Don’t open attachments from people you don’t know, and be wary of opening attachments even from those you do know.
- Turn off and/or cover any web cameras when you are not using them.
- Remember, if you receive an email that claims to have a compromising video of you viewing sensitive material, do not answer or send money. Instead, delete the email.
Don’t fall victim to the bad guys!
Stop, Look, and Think. Don't be fooled.
The KnowBe4 Security Team