Ransom emails

Always follow your organisation's official security guidelines when reporting suspicious emails.

 

Types of ransom emails

Some email attacks will ask for money and claim to have sensitive information about you. Some may have an old password, and claim to have audio / video material filmed with your webcam. Nowadays, many ransom emails ask for you to send cryptocurrencies (e.g. BTC) to a wallet in order to let you off the hook.

Many ransom emails are not real, but created with a template that uses publicly available information about you or your organisation (e.g. an old password from a publicly disclosed password leak).

 

Ransom email elements

Some elements often found in ransom emails are:

  • Unexpected threats or claims
  • Threatening you with an old password
  • Requesting ransom money (e.g. Bitcoin transfer to a online wallet)

 

Always follow your organisation's official security guidelines when reporting suspicious emails.

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