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An old tactic of scareware messages (message hoaxing) has resurfaced, targeting employees from different sectors. The campaign spreads via emails claiming that the attackers have got passwords of the victims’ social media accounts. The attackers use the fear factor to get a BitCoin payment while threatening with consequences that spoil reputation. This is an old tactic which has been going on for a while in different parts of the world and now it has emerged in Pakistan.
Targets fall victim to these emails due to the subject used, i.e. usernames and password. Hackers are using real time data (i.e passwords) to blackmail the targets. The emails looks like this:
The email contains a bitcoin address and tolerates zero negotiation, discouraging any risk-taking. Therefore most victims will be blackmailed into making the payment, as the hoax offers no flexibility.