Sextortion Scammers Target Employees

Corporate employees are more likely to receive a sextortion scam today than an impersonation or Business Email Compromised (BEC) attack, according to new data from Barracuda Networks.

The security vendor analyzed malicious emails sent to its customers and found one in 10 (11%) spear-phishing attempts can now be classed as sextortion.

Typically these try to convince users to pay a cryptocurrency fee in order for the hacker not to release a non-existent webcam video of the victim watching porn. They use personal information harvested from the dark web including log-ins and email addresses to lend credibility to the blackmail threat.