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Cybercrime, sextortion attempt exploits the coronavirus bait

New cybercrime sextortion attempt, which takes advantage of the obligation to stay home for the coronavirus and the offer of free access to porn sites. The phishing campaign, however, like the previous ones, is a scam

New cybercrime sextortion attempt, taking advantage of the coronavirus bait and the consequent obligation to stay at home, which also boosted web traffic also on adult sites. Many people all over the world have received an email in which the sender warns them that they know the password. Furthermore, they claim to have recorded some videos in which the victim frequents porn sites and is in intimate moments. Finally, they instructed to pay a ransom, under penalty of sending the videos to the entire list of user contacts (mail, messengers and social). In support of the thesis, the criminal hackers explained that they managed to sneak into the target’s computer with a keylogger. Cyber ​​security experts reiterate that it’s a scam. The usual sextortion phishing campaign has been re-proposed, trying to exploit the constraints posed by the COVID-19 epidemic and the free access offers offered by adult platforms.

The advice of the Italian Police cyber security experts in case you receive an email of this type

The confirmation also came from the Italian Police cyber security experts, who have drawn up a list of tips to counter the sextortion attempt. First of all, people must remain calm. Cybercrime does not have any footage that portrays the victim in intimate moments or access data to pornographic sites. Furthermore, in all probability it does not have valid passwords of the social profiles or the email of the targets, from which to obtain the list of friends or relatives. Consequently, no ransom should be paid at all: the experience gained with respect to previous criminal cases (such as sextortion and ransomware) shows that, even when the criminal actually has computer data, paying the ransom determines the only effect of new extortion requests aimed at obtaining additional money. Finally, it is good to adequately protect email and in general all virtual accounts.

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