Stolen Data Used in Ongoing Sextortion Scam

Stolen Data Used in Ongoing Sextortion Scam

Using consumer data stolen in data breaches and made available on the dark web, cyber-criminals have launched a sextortion phishing campaign, according to research from Barracuda Networks.

In this month’s Threat Spotlight, researchers detail the sextortion scam in which attackers prey on victims by using stolen passwords, threatening that they have a compromising video that will be shared with the victim’s contacts unless the user pays in Bitcoin.

The campaign started in July, and Barracuda Labs said it remains ongoing. Researchers found roughly 24,000 emails reported by customers around the globe since September. The emails reportedly use the stolen password as the subject line, though some might precede it with “your password is.”

By Kacy Zurkus 

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