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Be on the Look-Out for Extortion Email Schemes

Author: ITS

Posted on Jun 8, 2016

Category: General Interest , IT Security Alerts

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The US Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) has issued an alert on extortion schemes that relate to recent high-profile data thefts.

What it is:

Cybercriminals will often use the news release of high-profile security breaches to their advantage; due to fear resulting from the recent reports, many people will fall victim to clicking on links or paying a ransom.

Example: An email will be sent to inform you that information (such as your name, phone number, address, credit card information, or other personal details) will be released to your social media contacts, family, and friends if a ransom is not paid; because you have heard the reports of recent data thefts, you worry that this person may in fact have your personal information to distribute, so you do as they say.

What to do:

Review the IC3 alert to familiarize yourself with the details—you can also refer to US-CERT Tips for information on social engineering and phishing attacks.

If you think you may have received an extortion email, DO NOT RESPOND. Contact the ITS Help Desk immediately and they will instruct you on how to proceed safely.

Protect Yourself. Protect Your Stuff. Protect UNB. For more information about phishing and safe computing, visit go.unb.ca/itsecurity.