Sextortion with a twist of Litecoin

Internet users are being sent sextortion emails, claiming to have recorded videos of their X-rated website visits and demanding payment be made in Litecoin.

Email blackmailer threatens to have your website blocked forever

Scammers have contacted websites demanding a ransom message be paid or else they will ensure the site will be blacklisted for aggressive spamming activities.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

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 blackmailers make big winnings, others are trying to cash in on the craze.

Smashing Security podcast #091: Sextortion, Las Vegas hotels, and Alex Jones

Just how did sextortionists get (some) of the digits in your phone number? Why are some hackers saying they won’t be going to DEF CON in Las Vegas anymore? And should Alex Jones from InfoWars be banned from Twitter?

All this and much more is discussed in the latest edition of the award-winning “Smashing Security” podcast by computer security veterans Graham Cluley and Carole Theriault, joined this week by special guest Maria Varmazis.

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 scare them into giving in to demands for money – quotes part of their phone number.

But where are the blackmailers getting the phone number from?

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’ email addresses and personal phone numbers, and million-dollar demands for an alleged haul of 1.5 terabytes of TV shows and corporate information, continues to get worse.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Europol campaign fights the online sexual extortion of children

A Europe-wide campaign warns young people about online sexual coercion and extortion.

Smashing Security podcast #018: Windows is a virus. True or False?

Security firm Webroot drops a clanger when it declared Windows was malicious and borked customers’ PCs, millennials are streaming a lot of movies illegally, and blackmailers are targeting members of the Ashley Madison cheating site again.

All this and more is discussed in the latest edition of the “Smashing Security” podcast.

Ashley Madison blackmailers threaten to create Cheater’s Gallery exposing members who don’t pay up

Blackmailers are once again trying to make money out of the notorious Ashley Madison hack.

Read more in my article on the Hot for Security blog.

Hacker blackmails David Beckham following email leak

David Beckham has reportedly refused to pay an extortionist £1 million after a cache of private messages were stolen from his publicist’s email system.

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.

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 how you should respond.

Ransomware author tries to blackmail security researcher into taking down ‘educational’ malware project

Attempt to share ransomware-like code for ‘educational’ purposes ends in disaster for infected victims.

David Bisson reports.

Here’s what an Ashley Madison blackmail letter looks like

Ugly blackmail letter warns Ashley Madison users that their family, friends and work colleagues will be informed if they do not pay $2000 in Bitcoin within ten days.

Ashley Madison blackmailers now sending threats via US postal system

It may be months since the Ashley Madison adultery website was hacked, but the story continues to run and run and has now taken a further unpleasant turn.

Bank refuses to pay $3,000,000 ransom, hacker exposes customer account details

A hacker has published the account statements of hundreds of United Arab Emirates (UAE) bank customers after his $3 million ransom demand went unfulfilled.

David Bisson reports.