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Cyber Extortion: The Newest Trend in Phishing

Last year, Cisco Talos observed attackers increasingly spreading sextortion-type attacks across the internet. In many cases the spammers harvested email addresses and passwords from a publicly available data breach, and then used this data to facilitate their sextortion attacks. When these kinds of spam campaigns make it into users' email inboxes, many of them may not be educated enough to identify that it's a scam designed to make them give away their bitcoins. Unfortunately, it is clear from the large amount of bitcoin these actors secured that there is still a long way to go in terms of educating potential victims.