Cybersecurity Blog

Cyber criminals try bomb threats, fail and turn to threats of acid attacks – 12/14/18

 

 

Last week inboxes across North America received phishing emails that threatened to blow up their place of business if they did not immediately pay $20 000 in bitcoin. The good news is there was no bomb.  The bad news is not everyone understood that.

Police departments across the continent were flooded with calls from panicked citizens reporting the bomb threats.  The bomb threats were so disruptive that police forces in the US and Canada issued reports and held press conferences assuring citizens that the threats were part of a phishing scam.

Unfortunately for the criminals, no one is paying the extortion fee. So while they get an A for getting everyone’s attention, they get an F for not making any money.

Having bombed with their bomb scare (sorry, I couldn’t resist), this week the criminals are threatening an acid attack if they aren’t paid. Apparently they are trying to repeat the success of their sextortion scam which netted them $146 380 in three days. So if you receive an email in broken English threatening to throw acid in your face if you don’t pay up, delete it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *