This weekend, news broke that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell, apparently a suicide. This is a celebrity death that the bad guys are going to be exploiting in a variety of ways because almost all the ingredients for high-click-rates are there: Celebrities, Money, Sex, Mystery, and conspiracy theories. You have to warn your users right away that a series of scams are underway using the Epstein death as social engineering tactic.
Whatever ruse is being used, your users will wind up with either infected workstations at the house or in the office, giving out personal information or get scammed some other way. Give them another heads-up that they need to Think Before They Click related to this topic.
I would send your employees, friends and family something like the following. Feel free to copy/paste/edit.
"This weekend, news broke that Jeffrey Epstein was found dead in his cell from an apparent suicide. Internet criminals are going to exploit this celebrity death in a number of ways, so be careful with anything on anything related to the Epstein death: emails, attachments, any social media (especially Facebook), texts on your phone, anything. There will be a number of scams related to this, so Think Before You Click!
For KnowBe4 Customers, there are two new templates in the Current Events campaign that I suggest you send to everyone more or less immediately.
- FOX News: Epstein Death Not a Suicide
- NBC News: Last Words: Jeffrey Epstein Suicide Confession
if you are not a KnowBe4 customer yet, at times like this, it is very good to know what percentage of your users are vulnerable to emotional manipulations like this. We recommend you do your free Phishing Security Test and find out what your phish-prone percentage of your users is.
PS, if you do not like to click on buttons with redirects, here is a URL you can cut/paste:
Let's stay safe out there.