sextortion Email nowadays widely distributing via mail to blackmailing innocent victims and intimate them to pay demanding amount to avoid publication of their stolen private information while they access the pornographic content online.
But the mostly fraudulent who climes that they have users private information mostly not be true but they take advantage of victims fear and demand the money.
Earlier days of this Blackmail Email campaign doesn’t have any links but currently attackers using the same type of emails to drop malware and ransomware.
Current Blackmail Email Campaign
An ongoing blackmail email campaign sent to thousands of victims in U.S along with embedded links that pointed to drops the information stealer malware AZORult.
Attackers are using various social engineering techniques with below email and trick users to click on it to drop that claims the proof of victims illicit activities.
According to Proofpoint, The supposed password for the potential victim’s email address in this case appears to be the same as the email account. Therefore, in this case it may simply be a bluff and the attacker does not actually possess the victim’s password.
Attackers using stolen passwords and other social engineering tricks to convince recipients that their reputations are actually at risk. Researchers said.
- Assume the sender does not actually possess screenshots or video of any compromising activity
- Should not click any links or open attachments to verify the sender’s claims.
Common sextortion Blackmail Email bodies
- A statement that the recipient’s computer has been compromised with some type of spyware or a keylogger
- To make the email more believable often a method such as the following is used:
- A password associated with the email account, sometimes obtained via previous data breaches is included
- Information that can be obtained from open sources is included such as spouse, employer, or occupation
- Accusations of impropriety online or of inappropriate files stored on the device
- A demand for a payment to a Bitcoin wallet to avoid having evidence of the purported impropriety exposed on the Internet or sent to the recipient’s contacts.