01 Apr How it really happened : NINJIO Season 4, Episode 4, It’s Not What You Think…
In NINJIO’s Season 4, Episode 4, the message is shocking and uncomfortable, threatening Stuart with the release of truly embarrassing material if he doesn’t pay hackers thousands of dollars in Bitcoin. Trying to control his destiny, Stuart discusses the email with his boss – but it might not actually be what it seems.
Many of these scams threaten the end-user with old passwords; as Fortune discusses, these are often old, no longer active passwords pulled from other data breaches, like the LinkedIn breach in 2012.
The Parallax discusses how these blackmail scams have evolved and their #1 piece of advice – ignore it.
Checking the email headers is a sure way to verify if an email is spoofed; Techlicious goes over how to locate this information in additional email clients.
In the US, the FTC has a call out for people receiving these blackmail messages to report them.
The Guardian dives into the resources that users in the UK have to check for and combat these nefarious scams.