Scam of The Week: "Fake-tortion" Phishing Attacks

OK, this is a heads-up about a new aggressive form of email attack that you need to warn your employees, friends and family about. The bad guys have beta-tested and refined it in Australia, and now the first incidents have been spotted in the US.

The sophisticated attackers are targeting potential victims in an email sequence that starts with pornography and adult dating links, which are then followed up with extortion attempts.

IT security company Forcepoint says it picked up more than 33,500 such emails in August, and Australian email addresses were used to test the criminal campaign.

The scam threatens to steal users’ privacy, sequencing emails that say, “look at this”, then “we know what you just looked at”, and demand $US 320 payment in Bitcoin.